Litton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Litton family

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.

Early History of the Litton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Litton research. Another 79 words (6 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Litton family (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 William...
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United States Litton migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • John Litton, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Nicholas Litton, who settled in Virginia in 1630
  • William Litton, who settled in Barbados in 1680 with his wife and five children and servants

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 1880–1841
  • Edward Litton (1787-1870), Irish Member of Parliament (MP) for Coleraine 1837–1843
  • Henry Litton (b. 1934), retired British judge in Hong Kong

  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) on Facebook
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