Littelboys is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Littelboys family lived in Nottingham
Early Origins of the Littelboys family
The surname Littelboys was first found in Nottingham
where the family can be traced back to William Peverel, (c.
1040-c. 1115) "a natural son of William the Conqueror, who entered England
at the Conquest, and received as his share of one hundred
and sixty-two manors, many of which were in these two counties." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
He is listed in the Battle Abbey Roll. CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
It is claimed that William Peverell the Elder was allegedly the illegitimate son of William the Conqueror by a Saxon princess named Maud Ingelrica. "At the time of the Norman survey, [Debden, Essex] belonged to Ralph Peverel; and, reverting to the crown, it was given by Henry II. to his son John, afterwards king of England." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
The reason as to why this family seat
was lost is not known.
Early History of the Littelboys family
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Littelboys Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Peverell, Peverill, Peverley, Peverly, Littleboys and others.
Early Notables of the Littelboys family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Baron
William Peverell ( fl.
1155), of Nottingham
, son or grandson of William Peverell the Elder.
Thomas Peverell (died 1419) was an English prelate, Bishop of Ossory... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Littelboys Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Littelboys family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Littelboys or a variant listed above: John Peverley settled in Maine in 1626; Rebecca Peverley and her husband settled in Virginia in 1772.