Origins Available: English
The MacKett family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from Kit, a diminutive of the name Christopher. After the Norman Conquest
of 1066, Old English personal names declined in popularity to be replaced by the new Christian names that they brought with them. One of these was Christopher.
Early Origins of the MacKett family
The surname MacKett was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the MacKett family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacKett research.Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1270, 1359, 1520, 1835, 1911 and 1907 are included under the topic Early MacKett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacKett Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of MacKett include Kitson, Kidson, Kydson, MacKett, MacCeit and others.
Early Notables of the MacKett family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacKett family to Ireland
Some of the MacKett family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 43 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacKett family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The MacKett were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Marmaduke Kitson, who settled in Virginia in 1639; along Merma; Mary Kitson, who settled in Virginia in 1768; as well as George, James, Nathan and Thomas Kitson, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..