Show ContentsStit History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Stit surname is generally thought to derive from the Middle English word "stott," meaning a "steer," or "bull." [1]

As such it was likely originally an occupational name for a cattleman, or perhaps a nickname. Some instances of the name in Scotland may have come from the Viking name Stoti, which likely arrived with the 9th century Norse colonization of Strathclyde and Aberdeenshire.

Early Origins of the Stit family

The surname Stit was first found in Yorkshire, but by the 15th century some of the family name had moved north to Aberdeenshire where Andrew Stott was a burgess there in 1490. Later, Margaret Stote held a family seat in Dolphinstoun in Lanarkshire in 1675, and Alexander Stote held a family seat in Maynes in Balyeordie in Renfrewshire in 1689. [2]

Early History of the Stit family

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Stit Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Stot, Stott, Stite, Stites and others.

Early Notables of the Stit family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was John Stith (fl. 1656-1691) from Kirkham in Lancashire, emigrated to America where he became a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses and the progenitor...
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Ireland Migration of the Stit family to Ireland

Some of the Stit family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Stit migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Stit Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Stit, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685 [3]

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. 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) on Facebook