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The Littleberry surname is thought to be derived from a place name. Littlebury in Essex was recorded in the Domesday Book as "Litelbyria" manor and was owned by Ely Abbey from the ninth century.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Littlebury, Littlebry, Littleberry, Littleberrie, Littleburrie, Liddlebury and many more.

First found in West Essex, at Littlebury, a small village that dates back to Saxon times when it was first listed as Lylanbyrig c. 1000. The place name literally means "little fort or stronghold," from the Old English words "lytel" + "burh." [1] The parish church of Holy Trinity was built c. 1163 on the site of a Roman camp. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Fillingham, held by Anskettle from Roger Poitou a Norman Baron who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Littleberry research. Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1190, 1274, 1267, 1272 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Littleberry History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 67 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Littleberry Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Thomas Littlebury, who came to Philadelphia in 1832.

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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

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  10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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The Littleberry Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Littleberry 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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