Kitto History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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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United States Kitto migration to the United States +

The number of Strathclyde Clan families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. Among them:

Kitto Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Francis Kitto, (b. 1815), aged 27, Cornish miner departing from Penzance aboard the ship "Triton" arriving in the United States on 11 May 1842 [1]
  • Mr. William Kitto, (b. 1864), aged 25, Cornish blacksmith departing from Liverpool aboard the ship "Umbria" arriving in the United States on 29 July 1889 [1]
  • Mr. William A. Kitto, (b. 1873), aged 17, Cornish miner departing from Liverpool aboard the ship "Etruria" arriving in the United States on 16 June 1890 [1]
  • Mr. Richard Kitto, (b. 1854), aged 45, Cornish miner travelling aboard the ship "St Paul" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 3rd June 1899 en route to Negaunee, Michigan, USA [2]
Kitto Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Kitto, (b. 1850), aged 54, Cornish settler, from Helston, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Oceanic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 22nd June 1904 en route to Radersburg, Montana, USA [2]
  • Miss Mary J. Kitto, (b. 1867), aged 37, Cornish settler, from Camborne, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Oceanic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 22nd June 1904 en route to Scales Mound, Illinois, USA [2]

Australia Kitto migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Kitto Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Kitto, (b. 1814), aged 21, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 1st August 1835, sentenced for life for stealing 3 silver watches from John Pellowe, John Tonkin, and William Hicks, transported aboard the ship "Recovery" on 26th October 1835 to New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • William Kitto, aged 20, a copper miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Isle of Thanet" [4]
  • Miss Jemima Kitto, (b. 1857), aged 21, Cornish general servant travelling aboard the ship "Pericles" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 10th November 1878 [5]

New Zealand Kitto migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

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
  • Mr. Edward Kitto, (b. 1839), aged 35, Cornish miner departing on 7th May 1874 aboard the ship "Eastern Monarch" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 22nd July 1874 [6]
  • Mr. Edward Kitto, (b. 1868), aged 6, Cornish settler departing on 7th May 1874 aboard the ship "Eastern Monarch" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 22nd July 1874, he died on board before arriving [6]
  • Miss Elizabeth Kitto, (b. 1870), aged 4, Cornish settler departing on 7th May 1874 aboard the ship "Eastern Monarch" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 22nd July 1874 [6]
  • Mrs. Grace Kitto, (b. 1847), aged 27, Cornish settler departing on 7th May 1874 aboard the ship "Eastern Monarch" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 22nd July 1874 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Kitto (post 1700) +

  • John Kitto (1804-1854), Cornish author of "Pictorial Bible," born at Plymouth; "he was a sickly lad who cared for nothing but books"
  • 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 [7]
  • Silas Kitto Hocking (1850-1935), English novelist and Methodist preacher from Cornwall


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.


  1. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to New York 1820 - 1891 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_new_york_1820_1891.pdf
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_ellis_island_1892_on.pdf
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  4. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 25th October 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Isle of Thanet 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/isleofthanet1854.shtml.
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 19). Emigrants to Australia NSW 1860 -88 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/nsw_passenger_lists_1860_88.pdf
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  7. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, August 30) Douglas Kitto. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Kitto/Douglas_Oswald_Luke/Australia.html


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