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The name Kitts is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of the Britain and comes from the name Christopher, where Kitt is a pet form. The name Kitts 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.

Kitts Early Origins



The surname Kitts was first found in Middlesex, where they held a family seat from early times.

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Kitts Spelling Variations


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Kitts Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Kitts has been spelled many different ways, including Kitt, Kit, Kitts, Kitte, Kyt, Kytte and others.

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Kitts Early History


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Kitts Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kitts research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1173, 1273, 1327, 1377, 1621 and 1669 are included under the topic Early Kitts History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kitts Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kitts Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kitts Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Kittss to arrive in North America:

Kitts Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Kitts who sailed to Virginia in 1717
  • William Kitts, who landed in Virginia in 1717 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Michael Kitts to Pennsylvania in 1773

Kitts Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Kitts to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1844

Kitts Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Kitts, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1848 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE - 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Constance.htm
  • Caroline Kitts, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Pakenham" in 1849 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The PAKENHAM 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Pakenham.htm
  • Jane Kitts, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Pakenham" in 1849 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The PAKENHAM 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Pakenham.htm
  • Jane M. Kitts, aged 21, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Trafalgar" [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The TRAFALGAR 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Trafalgar.htm

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kitts (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kitts (post 1700)



  • Miles Brown Kitts (1880-1947), American politician, 34th Mayor of Erie, Pennsylvania (1916-1924)
  • James Matthew Kitts (b. 1972), former American NFL football running back
  • James Roland "Jimmy" Kitts (1900-1952), American football, basketball, and baseball player and coach, inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1956
  • Isaac Leonard Kitts (1896-1953), American bronze medalist equestrian at the 1932 Summer Olympics
  • Derrick Kitts (b. 1973), American politician, Member of the Oregon House of Representatives from the 30th district (2003-2007)
  • Miles Brown Kitts (1880-1947), American Republican politician, Mayor of Erie, Pennsylvania, 1916-24; Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 49th District, 1927-32 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Gary R. Kitts, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 8th District, 1976 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Sir Franciss Joseph "Frank" Kitts (1912-1979), longest-serving Mayor of Wellington, New Zealand (1956-1974), eponym of Frank Kitts Park, Wellington

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE - 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Constance.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The PAKENHAM 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Pakenham.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The TRAFALGAR 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Trafalgar.htm
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

Other References

  1. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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The Kitts Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kitts Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 19 October 2015 at 15:10.

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