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The ancestry of the name Littleton dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in one of the many places called Littleton throughout England. The surname Littleton belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Littleton Early Origins



The surname Littleton was first found in Worcestershire where "the name is derived from a place in the Vale of Evesham, where the ancestors of this family in the female line were seated before the reign of Richard I." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
"The celebrated jurist, Sir Thomas Lyttelton, who had three sons, whose posterity were elevate to the peerage in each line, sprang maternally from Thomas de Luttelton, of co. Worcester, temp. Henry III. The surname probably originated at one of the several places called Littleton, in that county." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Sir Edward Littleton (c.1599- c.1657) was the first of four Littleton Baronets. His seat was Pillaton Hall in Staffordshire. He also held a manor in Tiddesley-Hay. "This was a royal chase, adjoining that of Cannock, till the reign of Elizabeth, who granted it jointly to the Earls of Warwick and Leicester, by whom it was sold to Sir Edward Littleton, of Pillaton Hall." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Littleton Spelling Variations


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Littleton Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Littleton have been found, including Littleton, Lyttleton and others.

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Littleton Early History


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Littleton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Littleton research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1130, 1407, 1481, 1415, 1481, 1570, 1599, 1570, 1571, 1584, 1561, 1601, 1593, 1650, 1615, 1626, 1624, 1693, 1678, 1679, 1589, 1645, 1608, 1679, 1660, 1670, 1621, 1681, 1640, 1644, 1661, 1679, 1647, 1709, 1698 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Littleton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Littleton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Littleton Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include Sir Thomas de Littleton (1407-1481), an English judge and legal author; Sir Thomas Littleton ( c. 1415-1481), an English jurist; Gilbert Lyttelton (c.1570-1599), Member of Parliament for Worcestershire (1570-1571) High Sheriff of Worcestershire for 1584; Sir John Lyttelton (1561-1601), Member of Parliament for Worcestershire...

Another 111 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Littleton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Littleton In Ireland


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Littleton In Ireland



Some of the Littleton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Littleton, or a variant listed above:

Littleton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Littleton, who settled in Virginia in 1649
  • Geo Littleton, who arrived in Virginia in 1649
  • Anne Littleton, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • George Littleton, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • Ann Littleton, who landed in Virginia in 1654
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Littleton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Chr Littleton, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Joseph Littleton settled in Virginia in 1765
  • Thomas Littleton, who arrived in Bermuda in 1767

Littleton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Littleton, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1851

Littleton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Jacob Littleton, aged 43, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Ascendant"
  • Jacob Littleton, aged 43, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Ascendant" in 1851
  • Jane Littleton, aged 39, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Ascendant" in 1851
  • Mary Littleton, aged 17, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Ascendant" in 1851
  • John Littleton, aged 16, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Ascendant" in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Littleton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Littleton (post 1700)



  • Jody Littleton (b. 1974), American professional NFL football player
  • Sir Edward Littleton Bart. (d. 1812), English peer
  • Edward John Littleton (1791-1863), English member of parliament, created 1st Baron Hatherton in 1835
  • Edward Charles Littleton (b. 1950), British 8th Baron Hatherton

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Motto


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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: Ung Dieu et ung roy
Motto Translation: One God and one King.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  2. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  3. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  11. ...

The Littleton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Littleton 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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