Last name origins & meanings:
- English: of disputed origin. Reaney rejects the traditional
explanation that it is a nickname derived from early modern English
fitch ‘polecat’, as this word is not recorded in this form
until the 16th century, whereas the byname or surname Fitchet
is found as early as the 12th century. He proposes instead that the
name may be from Old French fiche ‘stake’ (used as a boundary
marker), but with the sense ‘iron point’, and so a metonymic
occupational name for a workman who used an iron-pointed implement.
- The Fitches of CT, a wealthy and prominent family, were established
in Norwalk, CT, before 1657 by Thomas Fitch (1612–1704). His
great-grandson Thomas Fitch (c. 1700–74) was a lawyer and
colonial governor of CT.
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