Littlejohn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the first families to use the name Littlejohn lived in ancient Scotland in the kingdom of Dalriada. The name was then used as a nickname for a person who is the younger of two people bearing the name John. It was also used as an ironic nickname for a person who was of large stature, regardless of his personal name. Littlejohn is a nickname surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Nicknames form a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, and can refer directly or indirectly to one's personality, physical attributes, mannerisms, or even their habits of dress.

Early Origins of the Littlejohn family

The surname Littlejohn was first found in Dumbartonshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Important Dates for the Littlejohn family

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Littlejohn Spelling Variations

In various documents Littlejohn has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. Littlejohn, Lytteljohn, Lyttlejohn and others.

Early Notables of the Littlejohn family (pre 1700)

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Littlejohn migration to the United States

Many who arrived from Scotland settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many settlers who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Littlejohn family emigrate to North America:

Littlejohn Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • George Littlejohn, who settled in Portsmouth New Hampshire in 1630
Littlejohn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Duncan and Elizabeth Littlejohn, who arrived in New York in 1775
  • Duncan Littlejohn, aged 38, who landed in New York in 1775 [1]
Littlejohn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Littlejohn, who landed in Maryland in 1803 [1]
  • John Littlejohn, who landed in Louisiana in 1810 [1]
  • Alexander Littlejohn, aged 16, who landed in New York, NY in 1834 [1]
  • David Littlejohn, aged 20, who arrived in New York, NY in 1834 [1]
  • James Littlejohn, aged 30, who arrived in New York in 1849 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Littlejohn migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Littlejohn Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Peter Littlejohn U.E. who settled in Saint Andrews, New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the Penobscot Association [2]
  • Mr. Thomas Littlejohn U.E. who settled in Saint Andrews, New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the Penobscot Association [2]

Littlejohn migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Littlejohn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Littlejohn, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 21st March 1801, sentenced for life, transported aboard the ship "Glatten" on 23rd September 1802 to New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Hannah Littlejohn, aged 37, a dressmaker, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Constance" [4]
  • Mary Littlejohn, aged 7, a child, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Constance" [4]
  • Hannah Littlejohn, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1849 [4]
  • Ellen Littlejohn, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Hyde" in 1850 [5]

Littlejohn migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Littlejohn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Littlejohn, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 3rd September 1860 [6]
  • Mrs. Littlejohn, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 3rd September 1860 [6]
  • Mr. George Littlejohn, (b. 1824), aged 36, Scottish collier from Ayr travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "William Miles" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st August 1860 [6]
  • Mrs. Jeannie M Littlejohn, (b. 1836), aged 24, Scottish settler from Ayr travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "William Miles" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st August 1860 [6]
  • Miss Rachel Littlejohn, (b. 1855), aged 19, Scottish domestic servant, from Aberdeen travelling from Greenock aboard the ship "Nelson" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 31st December 1874 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Littlejohn (post 1700)

  • Major-General Robert McGowan Littlejohn (1890-1982), American Commanding General American Graves Registration Command (1945-1946) [8]
  • Dennis Gerald Littlejohn (b. 1954), American former Major League Baseball player
  • William C. "Bill" Littlejohn (1914-2010), American animator and union organizer
  • Richard Littlejohn (b. 1942), American singer/songwriter
  • Tamara Littlejohn (1944-2006), American actress and fashion model
  • William Littlejohn (b. 1929), Scottish artist
  • Stanley Littlejohn (1876-1917), English painting conservationist and restorer
  • Charles William Berry Littlejohn (1889-1960), English Olympic rower in the 1912 Summer Olympics
  • Adrian Sylvester Littlejohn (b. 1970), English former footballer

Historic Events for the Littlejohn family

HMS Royal Oak
  • James Barnes Maxwell Littlejohn (d. 1939), British Telegraphist with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [9]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Alexander James Littlejohn, aged 40, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 13 [10]

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Citations

  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)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Constance.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WILLIAM HYDE 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850WilliamHyde.gif
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, April 2) Robert Littlejohn. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Littlejohn/Robert_McGowan/USA.html
  9. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  10. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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