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The origins of the name Kitson are with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from Kit, a diminutive of the name Christopher. After the Norman Conquest of 1066, Old English personal names declined in popularity to be replaced by the new Christian names that they brought with them. One of these was Christopher.

Kitson Early Origins



The surname Kitson was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Kitson Spelling Variations


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Kitson Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Kitson has been spelled many different ways, including Kitson, Kidson, Kydson, MacKett, MacCeit and others.

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Kitson Early History


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Kitson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kitson research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1270, 1359, 1520, 1835, 1911 and 1907 are included under the topic Early Kitson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kitson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kitson Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 19 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kitson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kitson In Ireland


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Kitson In Ireland



Some of the Kitson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 43 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Kitsons to arrive in North America:

Kitson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Merma Kitson, who arrived in Virginia in 1636
  • Marmaduke Kitson, who settled in Virginia in 1639
  • Marmaduke Kitson, who landed in Virginia in 1639

Kitson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Kitson, who settled in Virginia in 1768

Kitson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mark Kitson, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1827
  • Nathan Kitson, who landed in Indiana in 1834
  • George, James, Nathan and Thomas Kitson, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

Kitson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Kitson, aged 25, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sultana"
  • Henry Kitson, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Confiance"
  • Bridget Kitson, aged 21, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Confiance"

Kitson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Kitson landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Robert Kitson arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860
  • William Kitson arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edwin Fox" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kitson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kitson (post 1700)



  • Frank Kitson (1872-1930), American professional baseball player
  • James Kitson (1835-1911), British Chemist, created Lord Airedale in 1907
  • Sir Timothy Peter Geoffrey Kitson (b. 1931), British politician, member of the UK Parliament
  • Harold Austin Kitson (1874-1951), South African tennis player, who won a gold medal at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics

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Kitson Historic Events


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Kitson Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Herbert Kitson (1875-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Miss Monica Kitson (1910-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mrs. Ada Mary Kitson (1884-1914), née Long Canadian Third Class Passenger from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    3. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    11. ...

    The Kitson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kitson Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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