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Where did the English Littrell family come from? What is the English Littrell family crest and coat of arms? When did the Littrell family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Littrell family history?

The name Littrell arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Littrell family lived in Nottinghamshire. Many people think the name Luttrell was originally derived from the Old French word l'outre which means otter, but others believe the name could have been derived from Lutterell, a place in Normandy.


A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Luttrell, Loteral, Lutteral, Lutterall, Lutterell and many more.

First found in Lincolnshire where one of the first records of the name was Sir Geoffrey de Luterel I (11601222), courtier and confidante of King John. His son, Robert Luttrel was Lord Chancellor of Ireland (12381245) and his great grandson Sir Geoffrey Luttrell III (12761345) held a family seat at Irnham Hall at Irnham in Lincolnshire.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Littrell research. Another 171 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1295, 1518, 1551, 1628, 1666, 1656, 1666, 1490, 1554, 1657, 1732, 1226, 1238, 1420, 1655, 1717, 1713, 1787 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Littrell History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 175 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Littrell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Littrell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 303 words(22 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Littrell or a variant listed above:

Littrell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Marion Littrell, aged 37, who settled in Raton, New Mexico, in 1919
  • Roy Littrell, aged 33, who emigrated to Raton, New Mexico, in 1919


  • Gary Lee Littrell (b. 1944), retired United States Army Command Sergeant Major, recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • Jack Napier Littrell (1929-2009), American Major League Baseball shortstop who played from 1952 through 1957
  • Brian Thomas Littrell (b. 1975), American singer, member of the "Backstreet Boys"


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: Quaesita marte tuenda arte
Motto Translation: Things obtained by war must be defended by art.


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The Littrell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Littrell 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 October 2013 at 14:31.

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