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Welcome to the Gittens One-name Study

The purpose of the One-name Study is the collection of data on the Gittens surname on a world wide basis. Its aim is to research the genealogy and family history of all persons with a given surname and its linked variants, in an effort to identify the origin of the surname and to trace it's world wide migration.

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What is a One-name Study?


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Gittens One-name Study

The focus of the One-name Study will be the collection of data on the Gittens surname on a world wide basis.


The Gittens Surnameorigin


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How did the Surname Originate?

Two theories, first could be patronymic in origin, being one of those surnames based on the first name of a father. Second, could be local in origin, being derived from the place where a man once lived or held land.


The Gittens Family of Barbados

in the beginning

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John Gittens arrived in Barbados Circa 1645

John Gittens and his wife Mabel were the first Gittens family to have children baptized in Barbados. It is likely that there were 8 children fathered by John Gittens.


Barbados Quakers and the Gittens Family

early history

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Barbados Quakers - Early History

Gittens vault located in the Quakers Burial Grounds in Saint Philip, Barbados, circa 1670.


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  • British Guiana Colonists Index +

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  • Guild of One-name Studies +

    The Guild of One-Name Studies is the worldwide centre of excellence in one-name studies and promotes the interests of both the individuals and groups who are engaged in them. Established in 1979 and registered as a charity in 1989, the Guild provides its members with the means to share, exchange and publish information about one-name studies as well as encouraging and assisting all those interested in one-name studies by means of conference, seminars, projects and other activities. Read More
  • Caribbean Family History +

    This website is dedicated to all Caribbean Family Historians. The data has been collected over the past twenty years by a group of enthusiastic volunteers based around the world, all sharing Caribbean interests. The vision of this website is to share Caribbean family histories as a non-profit and non-invasive site. Read More
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DNA and Genealogy

  • How DNA has confirmed genealogy research. +

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  • Gittens DNA Web Site +

    The Gittens DNA Project welcomes all participants. We encourage you to join today!. Read More
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