Origins Available: English, German
Anglo-Saxon surname that came from the name Christopher, where Kitt is a pet form. The name Kittner 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 Kittner family
family seat from early times.
Early History of the Kittner family
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Kittner Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Kittner has been recorded under many different variations, including Kitt, Kit, Kitts, Kitte, Kyt, Kytte and others.
Early Notables of the Kittner family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kittner family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Kittner or a variant listed above:
Kittner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Kittner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
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