Chitwood Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History


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Chitwood Origin:

England, Ireland

Origins of Chitwood:

The surname of Chitwood is said to be a locational surname hailing from the country of England. Since the surname of Chitwood is said to be locational, this means that it was often taken by the Lord or owner of the land from which the name derives. Others who may have taken a locational surname are people who have migrated out of the area to seek out work. The easiest way to identify someone who was a stranger at that time was by the name of their birthplace. The location from which those who bore the surname of Chitwood are said to have hailed is located in the county of Buckinghamshire. The word itself is said to hail from the Celtic word of “wood” which can be translated to mean “wood.” Another possible origin of the surname of Chitwood is that it is a topographical surname. A topographical surname is used to describe someone who lived on or near a residential landmark. This landmark could be either man made or natural, and would have been easily identifiable in the area from which it hailed, thus making the people who lived near it easily distinguished. Those who bore the surname of Chitwood are said to have lived in an area in or around a wooded area. The final possible origin of the surname of Chitwood is that it was a nickname for someone who was crazy or crazed. It is a common element of surnames throughout Europe that many of them originally derived from nicknames, as it was a very common practice in medieval times. In the beginning, nicknames were applied to people who had distinguishing characteristics, such as moral or mental peculiarities, a similar appearance to a bird or animal, a similar disposition to a bird or animal, occupation of an individual, their habits, or their manner of dress.


More common variations are: Chittwood, Chitawood, Chitwood, Chitwood, Chetwood, Chatwood, Chitwwod



The first recorded spelling of the surname of Chitwood can be traced to the country of England. One person by the name of Robert de Thain, who held the area of Chetwode under one Bishop Baieux was said to be the first recorded person to bear the name of Chitwood, as Thain later adopted the name himself. It is said that the Chitwode family resided in this area for over 26 generations. Those who bore the surname of Chitwood can be found in large concentrations in the areas of Lancashire and Yorkshire, as well as the areas in and around the city of London.


Those who bore the surname of Chitwood in Scotland can be found in large populations in the areas of Midlothian and Lanarkshire.

United States of America:

Within the United States of America, there are many people who bear the surname of Chitwood. Among the first to bear this name was one William Chitwood, who arrived in the state of Virginia in the year of 1636, making him the first recorded Chitwood in America. Those who are known to bear the surname of Chitwood within the United States of America, which at that time was known as the New World or the Colonies, are found within the state of New York.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Chitwood: United States 7,520; Canada 25; Panama 1; Japan 1; Germany 1; France 1; Finland 1; England 1; Austria 1

Notable People:

Joie Chitwood III, who served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway who was also from America.

William Hewilitt “Bill” Chitwood (born in 1891) who was a player of the fiddle from Resaca, Georgia.

Christina Chitwood (born in 1990) who was an ice dancer from America.

George Rice “Joie” (1912-1988) who was a racecar driver who helped found the Joie Chitwood Thrill Show, and who was a daredevil from America.

Joseph Howard Chitwood (born in 1877) who served as a Member of the Virginia State House of Delegates from the year of 1907 to the year of 1908, and who served as the Attorney for the Western District of Virginia from the year of 1920 the year of 1921, and then again from the year of 1934 to the year of 1940, and who was a Democratic politician from America.

H. H, Chitwood, who served as a Delegate to the Republican National Convention from the state of Tennessee in the year of 1932 and who was a Republican politician from America.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

Notes: None. Blazon: Argent a lion rampant sable. Crest—On a mount vert a crow proper.