Kitteryke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The story of the Kitteryke family stretches back through time to the Viking settlers who populated the rugged shores of Scotland in the Medieval era. The name Kitteryke was derived from the Old Norse personal name Sigtryggr, which literally means true victory. The Gaelic form adopted for the surname is Mac Shitrig.
Early Origins of the Kitteryke family
The surname Kitteryke was first found in Galloway (Gaelic: Gall-ghaidhealaibh), an area of southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, that formerly consisted of the counties of Wigtown (West Galloway) and Kirkcudbright (East Galloway), 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.
Early History of the Kitteryke family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kitteryke research. Another 106 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1000, 1376, 1643 and are included under the topic Early Kitteryke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kitteryke Spelling Variations
Standards used to judge the accuracy of spellings and translations did not yet exist in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations in names dating from that era, are thus, an extremely common occurrence. Kitteryke has been recorded as MacKettrick, Kettrick, Kitterick, MacKitterick, MacEtterick, McKettrick, McKetrick, Ketterick and many more.
Early Notables of the Kitteryke family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kitteryke family to Ireland
Some of the Kitteryke family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Migration of the Kitteryke family
The New World was far from the oppressive regime of the old country. It was a place where there was more land than people and political and religious freedom were far easier to come by. Many Scots even got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. In recent years, interest in this heritage has been generated by Clan societies and regular highland games in North America. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Kitteryke name: Dr. John Kittredge (b. 1620), who arrived in America in 1660; G. B. Kitteredge, who arrived in San Francisco in 1852; F. M. Kitterage arrived in San Francisco in 1857.