The name Kitto was first used by the ancient Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The first Kitto to use this name no doubt lived in Norfolk
, England; or the name may also be from Chetel,
an Old Norse and Old English given name.
Early Origins of the Kitto family
The surname Kitto was first found in 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
- William Kitto, aged 20, a copper miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Isle of Thanet" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Wednesday 25th October 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Isle of Thanet 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/isleofthanet1854.shtml.
Kitto Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Francis Kitto, aged 22, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
Contemporary Notables of the name Kitto (post 1700)
- Carlton Kitto (1942-2016), Indian Bebop jazz guitarist
- Brigadier Douglas Oswald Luke Kitto (1895-1988), Commander Royal Artillery 11th Australian Infantry Division from 1943 to 1945 CITATION[CLOSE]
Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, August 30) Douglas Kitto. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Kitto/Douglas_Oswald_Luke/Australia.html
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.