Norfolk, England; or the name may also be from Chetel, an Old Norse and Old English given name.
Early Origins of the Kitto family
Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.
Early History of the Kitto family
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Kitto Spelling Variations
Scribes in Medieval Scotland spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations exist in names of that era. Kitto has been spelled Catto, Cattoch, Cattow, Kitto, Citto, Chatto, Chattoch, Chetto, Cato and many more.
Early Notables of the Kitto family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kitto family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Kitto Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Kitto Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Kitto (post 1700)
The Kitto Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Omnibus amicus
Motto Translation: A friend to everyone.
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