First name origin & meaning:
English: Son; Fitz names were commonly given to the illegitimate sons of royalty
First name variations: Filz, Fits, Fyts, Fytz
Last name origins & meanings:
- English: generally said to be from Anglo-Norman French
fi(t)z ‘son’, used originally to distinguish a son from a
father bearing the same personal name.
- It could also
be a habitational name from a place in Shropshire called Fitz,
recorded in 1194 as Fittesho, from an Old English personal
name, Fitt, + hōh ‘hill spur’.
- In one
family at least, it is an altered form of English Fitch.
- German: unexplained. Possibly from a vernacular pet form of
the personal name Vincent.
- Johann Peter Fitz, an immigrant from Germany, arrived in
Philadelphia in 1750. Bearers of the name from Britain were already established in North America before that date.
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