Although the most natural origin to attribute this name to is of the original bearer's diminutive size, and many genealogists make this error, the name is actually derived from the manor of Liddel, in Cumberland
Early Origins of the Lytel family
The surname Lytel was first found in Roxburghshire
, where Richard de Lidel had a grant of lands from the Church of Largs in 1202. The Little Clan
territory followed the banks of the River Esk and part of Ewarsdale, and their immediate neighbors were the Armstrongs, Elliots and Beatties. Adam Lityll was a tenant
of the Douglas Clan
in the barony of Kilbucho in 1376. A branch also moved further northward to Aberdeen, but the main branch of the Clan
remained around Roxburghshire
. By 1350, they had become an established Clan
closely affiliated to the Douglases and their territories were located in the Scottish West Marches, approximately twenty miles due north of Carlisle.
Early History of the Lytel family
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Lytel Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that rules have developed and the process of spelling according to sound has been abandoned. Scottish names from before that time tend to appear under many different spelling variations
. Lytel has been spelled Little, Littel, Littell and others.
Early Notables of the Lytel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Lytel family to Ireland
Some of the Lytel family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 279 words (20 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Lytel family to the New World and Oceana
Unwelcome in their beloved homeland, many Scots sailed for the colonies of North America. There, they found land and freedom, and even the opportunity to make a new nation in the American War of Independence
. These Scottish settlers played essential roles in the founding of the United States, and the shaping of contemporary North America. Among them: Anthony and his wife Frances Little settled in Virginia in 1650; John Little settled in Barbados in 1654; Archibald, Charles, David, George, James, John, Margaret, Thomas, Richard and William Little, all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..
Contemporary Notables of the name Lytel (post 1700)
- Elaine Lytel, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 27th District, 1982; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1984 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
The Lytel 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: Magnum in parvo
Motto Translation: Great things in a little