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Spitty Coat of Arms / Spitty Family Crest

The associated coat of arms for the surname SPITTY are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered at Rettenden, County Essex.The surname was derived from the Old English word 'spitel' a dweller and attendant of a hospital. Early records of the name mention Geoffrey del Hospital, 1210, County Somerset. Adam de Spitell was documented in the year 1307, Wakefield, Yorkshire. Walter atte Spitele, 1332, County Sussex. Edwin Spitty of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. The name was found in Scotland at an early date and the old Dumbartonshire family of Spittal in the parish of Kilmaron derived their name from this place. In or before 1394, Adam de Spydelcoch owned the lands of Lydlewn, and in 1461, Donald of Spytale was one of an inquest to determine the rights of pasturage which the Temple lands had over the adjoining town and territory of Letter. The Dumbartonshire Spittals are classed as a sept of Buchanan whose chief they followed. John Spitale was burgess of Edinburgh in 1423 and John Spettale was chaplain in Linlithgow in 1531. Henry Spittle was a bookbinder in Edinburgh in 1732. The use of fixed surnames or descriptive names appears to have commenced in France about the year 1000, and such names were introduced into Scotland through the Normans a little over one hundred years later, although the custom of using them was by no means common for many years afterwards. During the reign of Malcolm Ceannmor (1057-1093) the latter directed his chief subjects, after the custom of other nations, to adopt surnames from their territorial possessions, and there created 'The first erlis that euir was in Scotland'. It has long been a matter of doubt when the bearing of coats of arms first became hereditary and it was not until the Crusades that Heraldry came into general use. Men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way.

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