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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
  • 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 arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1848
  • Caroline Kitts arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Pakenham" in 1849
  • Jane Kitts arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Pakenham" in 1849
  • Jane M. Kitts, aged 21, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"

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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
  • Gary R. Kitts, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 8th District, 1976
  • 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



    Other References

    1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    3. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
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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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