Although the most natural origin to attribute this name to is of the original bearer's diminutive size, and many genealogists make this error, the name is actually derived from the manor of Liddel, in Cumberland
Early Origins of the Litel family
The surname Litel was first found in Roxburghshire
, where Richard de Lidel had a grant of lands from the Church of Largs in 1202. The Little Clan
territory followed the banks of the River Esk and part of Ewarsdale, and their immediate neighbors were the Armstrongs, Elliots and Beatties. Adam Lityll was a tenant
of the Douglas Clan
in the barony of Kilbucho in 1376. A branch also moved further northward to Aberdeen, but the main branch of the Clan
remained around Roxburghshire
. By 1350, they had become an established Clan
closely affiliated to the Douglases and their territories were located in the Scottish West Marches, approximately twenty miles due north of Carlisle.
Early History of the Litel family
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Litel Spelling Variations
The many spelling variations
in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Litel has been spelled Little, Littel, Littell and others.
Early Notables of the Litel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Litel family to Ireland
Some of the Litel family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 279 words (20 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Litel family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland
, many decided to head out for North America. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through Clan
organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were: Anthony and his wife Frances Little settled in Virginia in 1650; John Little settled in Barbados in 1654; Archibald, Charles, David, George, James, John, Margaret, Thomas, Richard and William Little, all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..
The Litel Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Magnum in parvo
Motto Translation: Great things in a little