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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 England.
The surname Little 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.
Medieval Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. This is due to the fact that scribes in that era spelled according to the sound of words, rather than any set of rules. Little has been spelled Little, Littel, Littell and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Little research. Another 242 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Little History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Little Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Little 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.
Many Scots were left with few options other than to leave their homeland for the colonies across the Atlantic. Some of these families fought to defend their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. Others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these families have recently been able to rediscover their roots through Clan societies and other Scottish organizations. Among them:
Little Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Benjamin Little, who arrived in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1630
- George Little, who arrived in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1640
- Fra Little, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
- Anthony and his wife Frances Little settled in Virginia in 1650
- Antho Little, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
Little Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Abraham Little, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
- Cornelius Little, who landed in Virginia in 1702
- Jasper Little, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
- Edward Little, who landed in New England in 1727
- Archibald Little, who arrived in New England in 1731
Little Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Thomas Blakely Little, who landed in New York in 1801
- Francis Little, who landed in Maryland in 1803
- Jane Little, who landed in America in 1805
- Jas Little, who landed in America in 1805
- Archd Little, who landed in America in 1805
Little Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Otis Little, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
- Eliza Little, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Thoms Little, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1774
- Mr. Benjamin Little U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 listed as a child more than 10 years of age
- Mr. David Little U.E. who settled in Digdeguash, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he is listed with the Loyalists and Disbanded Soldiers whose names appear as Passamaquoddy New Brunswick Loyalists
Little Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Pat Little, who landed in Canada in 1816
- Robert Little, aged 40, a tailor, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Silestria" from Belfast
- Owen Little, aged 35, a fisherman, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Sea Horse" from Galway
- Biddy Little, aged 27, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Sea Horse" from Galway
- Martin Little, aged 6, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Sea Horse" from Galway
Little Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mary Ann Little, Scottish convict from Aberdeen, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on December 14, 1835, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
- Francis Little arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837
- John Archibald Little arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Delhi" in 1839
- Janet Little arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Delhi" in 1839
- Archibald Little arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Delhi" in 1839
Little Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Matthew H. Little, aged 27, a merchant, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Phoebe" in 1843
- Robert Little, aged 34, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Shamrock" in 1856
- William Little arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Golconda" in 1859
- James Little arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863
- Robert Little, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864
- Mrs. Margaret Little (d. 1915), American 2nd Class passenger from Brooklyn, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
- Miss Alice Laura Little (d. 1915), American 2nd Class passenger from Brooklyn, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
- Henry F. W. Little (1842-1907), American Civil War Medal of Honor recipient
- Lewis Henry Little (1817-1862), Confederate brigadier general during the American Civil War
- Floyd Douglas Little (b. 1942), American Pro Football Hall of Fame running back
- David Gene Little (b. 1961), former professional American NFL football tight end
- Cleavon Jake Little (1939-1992), American Emmy Award winning, BAFTA Award nominated film and theatre actor, best known for his role in the 1974 Mel Brooks comedy Blazing Saddles
- William Brian Little (1942-2000), American founding partner of Forstmann Little & Company
- Elizabeth O'Connor "Betty" Little (b. 1940), American politician, New York State Senator
- Bentley Little (b. 1960), American author of horror novels, recipient of the 1990 Bram Stoker Award
- The Little Family: Ancestors and Descendants of Jonas Little Pioneer Settler to Tennessee by Dessie Little Simmons.
- A Genealogy [sic] of the Little-Odom Family of Georgia and North Carolina by Lawrence L. Little.
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
|Little Clan Badge|
A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system... More
Septs of the Distinguished Name Little
Little and more.
- The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
- Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
- Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
- Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
- Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
- Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
- Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
- Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
- Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
- Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
The Little Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Little Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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