Littler History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Littler family

The surname Littler was first found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Littler family

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Littler Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Littler, Lyttler, Littlar, Lyttlar and others.

Early Notables of the Littler family (pre 1700)

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United States Littler migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Littler Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Littler, who landed in Maryland in 1663 [1]
  • Joseph Littler, who landed in Maryland in 1680 [1]
Littler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henry and Abigail Littler, who settled in Maryland in 1765

Australia Littler migration to Australia +

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

Littler Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Littler, English convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Elizabeth" in May 1816, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Mr. Peter Littler, Scottish convict who was convicted in Edinburgh, Scotland for 10 years, transported aboard the "Earl Grey" on 27th July 1838, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Charles Littler, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Henry Porcher" in 1838 [4]
  • Mr. John Littler, English convict who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Candahar" on 26th March 1842, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]

New Zealand Littler 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:

Littler Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Grace M Littler, (b. 1840), aged 24, British governess travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Indian Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 24th March 1864 [6]
  • Mr. Francis Littler, (b. 1844), aged 20, British mechanic travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Indian Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 24th March 1864 [6]

West Indies Littler migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [7]
Littler Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Robert Littler, aged 22, who arrived in Jamaica in 1684 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Littler (post 1700) +

  • Gene Alec Littler (b. 1930), American PGA golfer who had 54 professional wins, inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame
  • Susan Littler (1947-1982), English BAFTA-nominated actress from Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire
  • Stuart Littler (b. 1979), English head coach of the Swinton Lions in the Betfred Championship from Higher End, Wigan
  • Prince Frank Littler CBE (1901-1973), born Prince Frank Richeux, an English theatre proprietor, impresario and television executive
  • Oswald Littler (1907-1970), English professional footballer who played as an inside-forward from 1928 to 1933
  • John Littler, English professional cricketer who made 9 known appearances in first-class cricket matches from 1791 to 1793
  • Matt Littler (b. 1982), British actor and director from Bury, Greater Manchester, known for his role as Max Cunningham in the British Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks (1997-2008)
  • Sir Emile Littler (1903-1985), born Emile Richeux, an English theatrical impresario, producer and author
  • John Littler, British editor and founder of Mstation, an e-zine that covers a variety of subjects including music and tech culture and was started in 1998
  • Rachel Littler Bodley (1831-1888), American professor and academic, Dean of the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania (1874–1888)


  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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 1st March 2022). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/elizabeth
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th August 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/earl-grey
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HENY PORCHER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838HenryPorcher.htm
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/candahar
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies


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