This is a surname which can be English, German or Hebrew. In most cases it would seem to originate from the pre 7th century Old High German word "huter" meaning a guard or watchman, although the Jewish equivalent word from the same period is "hitter" with the same meaning. It is also possible that in England the name is locational, and as such describes a person from Hythe, the village in Kent. This is first recorded as early as the year 1052 in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles and in the spelling of "Hype". It is also possible that the name for some nameholders is topographical, and if so would have described somebody who lived at a "hyp", meaning a dock or pier, plus the agent suffix "-er", emphasising one who worked or was resident at a dock. Surnames which appear in the same spelling, but in different languages pose special problems, and even more so in this case, as the Anglo-Saxons of the 6th century a.d. did originally speak German, and introduced many of their words into the later "English" language. Examples of the surname recording include Thomas, the son of John Hittyer, at St Olaves church in the city of London, on April 4th 1606, and Elysabeth Hitter, the daughter of Marke Hitter, who was christened at Sunbury on Thames, on December 29th 1663.

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  • Hitter — Hit ter, n. 1. One who hits or strikes; as, a hard hitter. [1913 Webster] 2. (Baseball) The batter; as, there are two strikes on the hitter. [PJC] {heavy hitter} 1. A baseball player who gets many extra base hits. 2. A person who is very… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hitter — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Alfons Hitter (1892–1968), deutscher Offizier Siehe auch: Batter (dt.: Schlagmann), derjenige Offensivspieler im Baseball und Softball Sport, der gerade versucht, den Ball zu schlagen D …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • hitter — noun 1. (baseball) a ballplayer who is batting (Freq. 2) • Syn: ↑batter, ↑slugger, ↑batsman • Derivationally related forms: ↑slug (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • hitter — [[t]hɪ̱tə(r)[/t]] hitters 1) N COUNT In sports, a hitter is someone who is good at hitting the ball. The Georgian, aged 19, is not one of the game s big hitters. 2) N COUNT: adj N If you refer to someone such as a politician or a businessman as a …   English dictionary

  • hitter — See: PINCH HIT, PINCH HITTER, PULL HITTER …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hitter — See: pinch hit, pinch hitter, pull hitter …   Словарь американских идиом

  • hitter — UK [ˈhɪtə(r)] / US [ˈhɪtər] noun [countable] Word forms hitter : singular hitter plural hitters 1) someone who hits a ball, especially in tennis and baseball The record books will show that he is one of the greatest hitters who ever lived. 2)… …   English dictionary

  • hitter — hit ► VERB (hitting; past and past part. hit) 1) direct a blow at (someone or something) with one s hand or a tool or weapon. 2) propel (a ball) with a bat, racket, etc. 3) accidentally strike (part of one s body) against something. 4) (of a… …   English terms dictionary

  • hitter — noun see hit I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hitter — hit·ter (hĭtʹər) n. 1. One who hits or strikes something. 2. Baseball. A batter. * * * …   Universalium

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