Littlehale History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Littlehale surname comes from the from Old English words "lyttel," meaning "small," and "halh," meaning a "hollow." As such, it may have been a topographic name for such a place, or perhaps a habitational name taken on from a minor place name.

Early Origins of the Littlehale family

The surname Littlehale was first found in Shropshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held lands.

Early History of the Littlehale family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Littlehale research. Another 112 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1703, 1792, 1802, 1804, 1817, and 1825 are included under the topic Early Littlehale History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Littlehale Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Littlehays, Littlehayes, Littlehales and many more.

Early Notables of the Littlehale family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include the Littlehoys family of Shropshire. Reverend Joseph Littlehales (d. 1804) was the Vicar at Brill, Buckinghamshire, England. Edward Baker Littlehales...
Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Littlehale Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Littlehale migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Littlehale Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Littlehale, who settled in Massachusetts in 1633
  • Richard Littlehale, who landed in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1638 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Littlehale (post 1700) +

  • Ednah Dow Littlehale (1824-1904), American author, speaker, and reformer


The Littlehale Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Finis coronat opus
Motto Translation: The end crowns the work.


  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)


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