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The history of the Litton family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in the region of Litton located throughout various counties in England. Litton is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.

Litton Early Origins



The surname Litton was first found in Derbyshire 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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Litton Spelling Variations


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Litton Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Litton include Lytton, Litton and others.

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Litton Early History


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Litton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Litton research. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1562, 1615, 1586, 1611, 1581, 1660, 1640, 1648, 1562, 1615, 1615 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Litton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Litton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Litton Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include Sir Robert Lytton of Derbyshire; Sir Roland Lytton ( ca. 1562-1615) (also Rowland Litton), an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1586 and 1611; Sir...

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Litton Notables 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



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Litton or a variant listed above:

Litton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Litton, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • John Litton settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Nicholas Litton settled in Virginia in 1630
  • William Litton settled in Barbados in 1680 with his wife and five children and servants

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Contemporary Notables of the name Litton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Litton (post 1700)



  • Dr. James Litton, American director of the American Boychoir from 1985 to 2001
  • Martin Litton (b. 1917), Grand Canyon river runner and a longtime environmental activist
  • Jon Gregory Litton (b. 1964), former infielder-outfielder in Major League Baseball
  • Jerry Lon Litton (1937-1976), Democratic U.S. Representative from Missouri
  • Charles Litton Sr., American entrepreneur and founder of Litton Industries
  • Andrew Litton (b. 1959), American orchestral conductor
  • Martin Litton (b. 1957), British jazz pianist
  • Edward Falconer Litton (1827-1890), Irish Member of Parliament for Tyrone 18801841
  • Edward Litton (1787-1870), Irish Member of Parliament (MP) for Coleraine 18371843
  • Henry Litton (b. 1934), retired British judge in Hong Kong

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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    The Litton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Litton 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.

    This page was last modified on 23 September 2016 at 07:18.

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