Littlebray History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Littlebray 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.

Early Origins of the Littlebray family

The surname Littlebray was 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.

Important Dates for the Littlebray family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Littlebray research. Another 120 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1190, 1274, 1267, 1272 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Littlebray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Littlebray Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Littlebray family (pre 1700)

Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Littlebray Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Littlebray family

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

Citations

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