The Norman Conquest
in 1066 added many new elements to an already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Littleboys family lived in Nottingham
Early Origins of the Littleboys family
The surname Littleboys 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 Littleboys family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Littleboys research.Another 287 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1080, 1155, 1088, 1150, 1419, 1395, 1398, 1398, 1407, 1407, 1419, 1351 and 1377 are included under the topic Early Littleboys History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Littleboys Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Peverell, Peverill, Peverley, Peverly, Littleboys and others.
Early Notables of the Littleboys family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Littleboys family to Ireland
Some of the Littleboys family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 115 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Littleboys family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Littleboys or a variant listed above: John Peverley settled in Maine in 1626; Rebecca Peverley and her husband settled in Virginia in 1772.