Peter Kivett Family Association, Inc.
An IRS-Recognized Non-Profit 501 (c) 3 Educational Charity, EIN 46-0500366
Kivett Family Coat of Arms
(A Sore Subject)
Reports of folks with "Blue Blood" ancestors with combinations of letters in their surname that happen to also be included in the documented Kivett ancestor's surname spellings come to light every few years. However, nothing has come to the attention of this family researcher, nor that of our most distinguished early researcher Austin Warren Kivett, nor Kivett surname analyst Philip Gene Kivett to indicate any of these "Royal" Kivetts have the slightest genetic connection to our Pieter - the immigrant.
At least two such "Discovered Kivett Family Crests" have been used by some, no doubt with good intentions, to represent the family of Pieter Kieviet (Peter Kivett). These images are shown here:
Sadly, the description of the components of the one shown here on the right seem to indicate that it is nothing short of a cruel fraud. This was exposed by Philip Gene Kivett on page 7 in the 1989 copyrighted 2nd edition of his scholarly work The Surname Kivett. There Mr. Kivett cites the source of this deception being the publication by Sharon Taylor of Halberts, Inc. entitled The Amazing Story of the Kivetts in America. In her work Ms. Taylor describes the implied 600 year old crest as having three lapwings on one half of the shield, and the other side three bars representing the "national colors of Germany". Mr. Kivett observes, "This would represent a prophecy of the German flag more than 500 years in advance of its adoption in 1919."
Perhaps the most stunning situation is the total lack of even
a single 10 out
of 12 marker match of the y-DNA of this researcher to any of the over
400,000 samples from others now recorded in the Family Tree DNA data base. One
would think that some of the haughty descendants of these other "Royal" Kivetts
would have had their y-DNA tested by now. If any of them were related
to us, there should be a partial match from at least one of them to us -
but not so.
Please return to the article on GENEALOGY MISTAKES, and re-read Mistake #5:
"BEWARE OF GENERIC FAMILY HISTORIES & FAMILY CRESTS"
Proud to be just a Common Kivett,
PKFA, Inc. Secretary and Historian
William D. "Bill" Kivett