The name Richitt reached England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Richitt family lived in Hampshire
. Their name, however, is a reference to Riche,
, France, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066. Another equally valid derivation of the name suggests that it is patronymic
, which means it was adapted from the first name of the original bearer's father. According to this version it comes from the Norman personal name Richard.
Richitt is a classic example of an English polygenetic surname,
which is a surname that was developed in a number of different locations and adopted by various families independently.
Early Origins of the Richitt family
The surname Richitt was first found in Hampshire
where the first on record include Edmund Rich, Saint Edmund (1175-1240) English churchman, who became Archbishop of Canterbury; and Thomas filius
Ricun, who was in the Rotuli Hundredorum
in Huntingdonshire in 1274.
Early History of the Richitt family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Richitt research.Another 219 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1547, 1496, 1567, 1540, 1620, 1594, 1675, 1640, 1587, 1658, 1611, 1659, 1660, 1619, 1673, 1625, 1678, 1601, 1667, 1660, 1648, 1699, 1689, 1699, 1692, 1699, 1657 and 1714 are included under the topic Early Richitt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Richitt Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Richitt family name include Rich, Riche, Richin, Riching, Richins, Richings and others.
Early Notables of the Richitt family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Richard Rich (circa 1496-1567), 1st Baron
Rich, Lord Chancellor of England
during the reign of King Edward VI; Barnabe Rich (1540-1620), English author and soldier; Sir Edwin Rich (c.
1594-1675), an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons in... Another 114 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Richitt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Richitt family to Ireland
Some of the Richitt 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 Richitt family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Richitt family to immigrate North America: Jo Richings, who arrived in Virginia in 1658; Edward and Elizabeth Rich, who arrived in Virginia in 1663; Miles, Joseph, and Abraham Rich who also came to Virginia in 1663.
The Richitt 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: Garde la foy
Motto Translation: Keep the faith.