The Littlehales 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 Littlehales family
The surname Littlehales 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 Littlehales family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Littlehales research.Another 297 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1703, 1792, 1802, 1804, 1817, and 1825 are included under the topic Early Littlehales History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Littlehales Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Littlehays, Littlehayes, Littlehales and many more.
Early Notables of the Littlehales 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
. Edward Baker Littlehales... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Littlehales Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Littlehales family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Littlehales Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Benjamin Littlehales, a servant sent to Barbados in 1670
Littlehales Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Clayton Haines Littlehales, who arrived in Jamaica in 1764
Contemporary Notables of the name Littlehales (post 1700)
- George Washington Littlehales (1860-1943), American mathematician, oceanographer, and civil engineer, Chairman of the Section of Physical Oceanography, American Geophysical Union, eponym of three survey ships named USS Littlehales
- Harry Littlehales (1901-1989), English footballer who played from 1923 to 1932
- Rev. Charles Gough Littlehales M.A. (1871-1945), English clergyman and cricketer who played for Essex (1896-1904)
- Alfred "Alf" Littlehales (1867-1942), English professional footballer who played from 1892 to 1898
- Dianne Littlehales (b. 1950), birth name of Dianne Lee, half of the British folk/pop duo Peters and Lee, active in the 1970s
The Littlehales 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.