The name McCeit was spawned by the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture that ruled a majority of Britain. It 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 McCeit family
The surname McCeit 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 McCeit family
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McCeit Spelling Variations
McCeit has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name McCeit have been found, including Kitson, Kidson, Kydson, MacKett, MacCeit and others.
Early Notables of the McCeit family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McCeit family to Ireland
Some of the McCeit 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 McCeit family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first McCeits to arrive on North American shores: 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..