Little History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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.

Early Origins of the Little family

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.

Important Dates for the Little family

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Little Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Little family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Little family to Ireland

Some of the Little family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Little migration to the United States

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 [1]
  • George Little, who arrived in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1640 [1]
  • Fra Little, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [1]
  • Anthony and his wife Frances Little, who settled in Virginia in 1650
  • Antho Little, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Little Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Abraham Little, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [1]
  • Cornelius Little, who landed in Virginia in 1702 [1]
  • Jasper Little, who arrived in Virginia in 1704 [1]
  • Edward Little, who landed in New England in 1727 [1]
  • Archibald Little, who arrived in New England in 1731 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Little Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Blakely Little, who landed in New York in 1801 [1]
  • Francis Little, who landed in Maryland in 1803 [1]
  • Jane Little, who landed in America in 1805 [1]
  • James Little, who landed in America in 1805 [1]
  • Archd Little, who landed in America in 1805 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Little migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Little Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Otis Little, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Otis Little, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Charles Little, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Eliza Little, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Thomas Little, aged 27, who arrived in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1774
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Little Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Pat Little, who landed in Canada in 1816
  • Robert Little, aged 40, a tailor, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Silestria" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Owen Little, aged 35, a fisherman, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Sea Horse" from Galway, Ireland
  • Biddy Little, aged 27, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Sea Horse" from Galway, Ireland
  • Martin Little, aged 6, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Sea Horse" from Galway, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Little migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

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, Australia [2]
  • Francis Little, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837 [3]
  • John Archibald Little, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Delhi" in 1839 [4]
  • Janet Little, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Delhi" in 1839 [4]
  • Archibald Little, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Delhi" in 1839 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Little migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Little Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Matthew H. Little, aged 27, a merchant, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoebe" in 1843
  • Robert Little, aged 34, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Shamrock" in 1856
  • Mr. John Little, Scottish settler from Pebbles travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Strathfieldsaye" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 29th April 1858 [5]
  • Mr. James Little, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Sevilla" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd December 1859 [5]
  • Mrs. Little, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Sevilla" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd December 1859 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Little (post 1700)

  • Jane Little (1929-2016), born Jane Findley, an American classical double bass player for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
  • 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
  • Little Ann Little (1910-1981), born Ann L. Rothschild, American voice actress, best known as the voice of Betty Boop
  • ... (Another 25 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Little family

Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Susan  Little (1862-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [6]
  • Mr. Bernard  Little, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [6]
  • Mr. Joseph  Little (1901-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [6]
  • Mr. Harold  Little (1904-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [6]
  • Master Clyde  Little (1905-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [6]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Francis Donald Little (b. 1917), British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [7]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. George Little, English Second Senior 3rd Engineer from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [8]
  • Miss Alice Laura Little, American 2nd Class passenger from Brooklyn, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [9]
  • Mrs. Margaret Little, American 2nd Class passenger from Brooklyn, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [9]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1835 with 132 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1835
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DELHI 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Delhi.htm
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  7. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  8. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  9. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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