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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.

Littell Early Origins



The surname Littell 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.

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Littell Spelling Variations


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Littell Spelling Variations



Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Littell has appeared as Little, Littel, Littell and others.

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Littell Early History


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Littell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Littell research. Another 242 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Littell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Littell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Littell Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Littell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Littell In Ireland


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Littell In Ireland



Some of the Littell 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them:

Littell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Benjamin Littell, who landed in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1630

Littell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Littell, aged 31, landed in Georgia in 1732

Littell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Moore Littell, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Littell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Littell (post 1700)



  • Dave Littell (b. 1953), American fencer at the 1988 Summer Olympics
  • Alfred Beattie Littell (1893-1970), American Republican Party politician
  • Franklin Hamlin Littell (1917-2009), American Protestant scholar
  • Eliakim Littell (1797-1870), American editor and founder of the periodical Littell's Living Age (1844-1941)
  • Virginia Marie Regina "Ginny" Newman Littell, American Republican Party politician, Chairman of the New Jersey Republican State Committee (1992-1995)
  • Jonathan Littell (b. 1967), American writer in Barcelona, son of Robert Littell
  • Robert Littell (b. 1935), American novelist and journalist
  • Robert Eugene Littell (b. 1936), American Republican Party politician
  • Mark Alan Littell (b. 1953), American Major League Baseball player who played from 1973 to 1982
  • John C. Littell, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Essex County, 1863
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    2. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    3. 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.
    4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    10. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    11. ...

    The Littell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Littell 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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