Why do we call it Kitty Hawk

Located just north of Kill Devil Hills on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Kitty Hawk has been permanently settled since the mid 1700′s and has been known as “Kitty Hawk”, though with various and inventive spellings, (Kittyhuk, Kitty Hark) since that time.

The name may be derived from an Indian name for the place because maps from 1738 call it “Chickehauk”.

Another theory is that it comes from the large number of mosquito hawks found in the area and it was originally called “Skeeter Hawk” and from that, “Kitty Hawk.”

But the most popular theory is that it derives from local Indian pidgin that referred to the time of geese migration, and good hunting, to “Killy Honk” or “Killy Honker”, thence to “Killy Hawk”, and finally “Kitty Hawk”


  1. Steph Anderson says:

    Now there is something they didn’t tell me on the field trip!

  2. Gayle R says:

    “Skeeter Hawk” – never knew those things. I love Kitty Hawk & the NC Outter banks area

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