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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.

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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.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Littlejohn research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Littlejohn History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Littlejohn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 arrived in New York in 1775
  • Duncan Littlejohn, aged 38, landed in New York in 1775

Littlejohn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • George Littlejohn, who landed in Maryland in 1803
  • John Littlejohn, who landed in Louisiana in 1810
  • Alexr Littlejohn, aged 16, landed in New York, NY in 1834
  • David Littlejohn, aged 20, arrived in New York, NY in 1834
  • James Littlejohn, aged 30, arrived in New York in 1849


Littlejohn Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. Peter Littlejohn U.E. who settled in Saint Andrews, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was part of the Penobscot Association
  • Mr. Thomas Littlejohn U.E. who settled in Saint Andrews, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was part of the Penobscot Association

Littlejohn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Hannah Littlejohn, aged 37, a dressmaker, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Constance"
  • Mary Littlejohn, aged 7, a child, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Constance"
  • Hannah Littlejohn arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1849
  • Ellen Littlejohn arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Hyde" in 1850

Littlejohn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • David Littlejohn arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Triumph" in 1883

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  • Major-General Robert McGowan Littlejohn (1890-1982), American Commanding General American Graves Registration Command (1945-1946)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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


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The Littlejohn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Littlejohn Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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