The surname of FITCH was a baptismal name 'the son of Fitz or Ffitch' an ancient font name, which was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. The names introduced into Britain by the Normans during and in the wake of the Invasion of 1066, are nearly all territorial in origin. The followers of William the Conqueror were a pretty mixed lot, and while some of them brought the names of their castles and villages in Normandy with them, many were adventurers of different nationalities attached to William's standard by the hope of plunder, and possessing no family or territorial names of their own. Those of them who acquired lands in England were called by their manors, while others took the name of the offices they held or the military titles given to them, and sometimes, a younger son of a Norman landowner, on receiving a grant of land in his new home dropped his paternal name and adopted that of his newly acquired property.
Early records of the name mention Gilbert Fiz who was recorded in the year 1273 in County Cambridge. William Fiz was documented in County Somerset in the same year. Robert Fiz-Payne of County Northampton, during the reign of Edward I (1272-1307). Thomas Fitts and Mary Date were married in Canterbury, Kent in 1670. Thomas Fitch and Mary Limpany were married at St. Antholin, London in 1695.
Bearers of this name are probably ultimately all of one stock, most being descended from Richard Fitch, who died in 1494, of Steeple Bumpstead in County Essex. The name has been traced further back to Cotton in County Suffolk in 1240.
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