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This surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin and firstly may be a nickname for a rapacious person, deriving from the Middle English "kete" a development of the Olde English pre 7th Century "cyta" meaning kite (bird). Secondly, it may be a metonymic occupational name for a herdsman, from the Olde English "cyte" meaning hut, a shed or outhouse for cattle or sheep. The surname dates back to the mid 12th Century (see below). Early examples of the name include Richard Kyte (1243) in the Assize Court Rolls of Somerset, and Ralph atte Kete (1292) in the "Place Names of Kent".

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