Kitteridge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The English family name Kitteridge comes from the Middle English personal name "Keterych."
Early Origins of the Kitteridge family
The surname Kitteridge was first found in Essex, where the first on record were Adam and Roger Keterych, both listed in the Feet of Fines for Essex.
Early History of the Kitteridge family
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Kitteridge Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Kitteridge family name include Kittredge, Kittridge, Kitteridge, Kettredge, Ketteridge and many more.
Early Notables of the Kitteridge family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kitteridge family to Ireland
Some of the Kitteridge family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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| Kitteridge migration to the United States ||+|
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Kitteridge surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Kitteridge Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Rebecca Kitteridge, who arrived in Maryland in 1649 
- Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)