The name Kittermen is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived in Kidderminster, a village in Worcestershire
. The place-name was recorded as Chideminstre in the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
which was compiled in 1086, and as Kedeleministere in 1154. The place-name is derived from the Old English personal name
Cydela, and the Old English word mynster,
which meant monastery. The place-name as a whole means "monastery of a man called Cydela." The surname means "one who came from Kidderminster." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early Origins of the Kittermen family
The surname Kittermen was first found in Worcestershire
at Kidderminster. "At the time of the Conquest this was a royal manor, and it continued so until the reign of Henry II., when it passed into the hands of various possessors, of whom Waller, the poet, was subsequently one." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Kittermen family
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Kittermen Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Kittermen are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Kittermen include: Kittermaster, Kidderminster, Kiddermaster, Kiddiminstre, Keedomister, Kederminster, Kidiministre, Kidiminstre, Kytermyster and many more.
Early Notables of the Kittermen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kittermen family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Kittermen or a variant listed above: Hugh Kiddermaster, who arrived in Virginia in 1628; Anthony Kittermaster, who was on record in Ontario in 1871; and Albert Kittermaster, also on record in Ontario in 1871..