Littleboy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Littleboy was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Littleboy family lived in Nottingham and Derbyshire.

Early Origins of the Littleboy family

The surname Littleboy was first found in Nottingham and Derbyshire 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." [1] He is listed in the Battle Abbey Roll. [2] 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." [3] The reason as to why this family seat was lost is not known.

Later some of the family were found further south in Bodmin, Cornwall. "It appears that the bodies of two of its principal benefactors, Sir Hugh and Sir Thomas Peverell, of Park in Egloshayle, were buried in this friary church." [4]

Important Dates for the Littleboy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Littleboy research. Another 158 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1080, 1155, 1088, 1150, 1155, 1419, 1395, 1398, 1398, 1407, 1407, 1419, 1351 and 1377 are included under the topic Early Littleboy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Littleboy Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Littleboy are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Littleboy include Peverell, Peverill, Peverley, Peverly, Littleboys and others.

Early Notables of the Littleboy 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 Littleboy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Littleboy migration to the United States

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Littleboy, or a variant listed above:

Littleboy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Lawr Littleboy, who arrived in Virginia in 1638 [5]
  • Lawrance Littleboy, who landed in Virginia in 1638 [5]
  • Lawrence Littleboy, who arrived in Virginia in 1653 [5]
Littleboy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Littleboy, who landed in Virginia in 1719 [5]
Littleboy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Littleboy, aged 38, who arrived in Maryland in 1812 [5]
  • William Littleboy, aged 35, who landed in New York in 1812 [5]

Citations

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  5. ^ 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)
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