Kitt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Kitt is tied to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England. It comes from the name Christopher, where Kitt is a pet form. The name Kitt is a diminutive, which is an expression relating to smallness in size or endearment, of the name. The most common diminutive suffixes are ot, et, un, in, el. Double diminutives are also formed from these suffixes, such as Hamelin, Roblett, Adnett, or Turkentine. Names ending in cock and kin became used more frequently in the mid-13th century and in the 14th century, they became extremely common.

Early Origins of the Kitt family

The surname Kitt was first found in Middlesex, where they held a family seat from early times.

Important Dates for the Kitt family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kitt research. Another 83 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1173, 1273, 1327, 1377, 1621 and 1669 are included under the topic Early Kitt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kitt Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Kitt has undergone many spelling variations, including Kitt, Kit, Kitts, Kitte, Kyt, Kytte and others.

Early Notables of the Kitt family (pre 1700)

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Kitt migration to the United States

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Kitt were among those contributors:

Kitt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Peter Kitt to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1859

Kitt migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Kitt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Daniel Kitt, (b. 1811), aged 23 born in St. Stephens, Cornwall, UK convicted in Devon on 20th March 1834, sentenced for 7 years for stealing rope, transported aboard the ship "William Metcalf" in 1834 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [1]
  • Caroline Kitt, aged 22, a housemaid, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Ascendant" [2]
  • Caroline Kitt, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ascendant" in 1849 [2]
  • Mary Kitt, aged 19, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Stag" [3]
  • Emma Kitt, aged 22, a housemaid, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sea Park" [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kitt migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Kitt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • T. R. Kitt, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Norham Castle" in 1872

Contemporary Notables of the name Kitt (post 1700)

  • Eartha Kitt (1927-2008), American actress, singer, and cabaret star, recipient of three Tony nominations and two Grammy nominations
  • Tom Kitt, Pulitzer Prize-winning (2010 for Drama) American composer, conductor, orchestrator and musician
  • A J Kitt (b. 1968), former American Olympic alpine skier
  • David Kitt (b. 1975), Irish musician
  • Michael F Kitt, Irish Fianna Fáil politician
  • Sandra Kitt, contemporary novelist
  • Michael P. Kitt (b. 1950), Irish Fianna Fáil party politician

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Citations

  1. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/tasmanian_convicts_cornish.pdf
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ASCENDANT 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Ascendant.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STAG 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Stag.htm
  4. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SEA PARK 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/seapark1852.shtml.
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