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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 England.

Lyttle Early Origins



The surname Lyttle 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.

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Lyttle Spelling Variations


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Lyttle Spelling Variations



Spelling and translation were hardly exact sciences in Medieval Scotland. Sound, rather than any set of rules, was the basis for spellings, so one name was often spelled different ways even within a single document. Spelling variations are thus an extremely common occurrence in Medieval Scottish names. Lyttle has been spelled Little, Littel, Littell and others.

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Lyttle Early History


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Lyttle Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lyttle research. Another 242 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lyttle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lyttle Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Lyttle Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Lyttle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lyttle In Ireland


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Lyttle In Ireland



Some of the Lyttle 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Such hard times forced many to leave their homeland in search of opportunity across the Atlanti c. Many of these families settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. The ancestors of many of these families have rediscovered their roots in the 20th century through the establishment of Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Among them:

Lyttle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Eliza Lyttle, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Peggy Lyttle, who landed in America in 1805
  • Arthur Lyttle, aged 20, who emigrated to America from Derry, in 1893
  • Letitia Lyttle, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Derry, in 1893
  • Mary Lyttle, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1893
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Lyttle Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Rebecca Lyttle, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Belfast, in 1902
  • Mary Lyttle, aged 61, who emigrated to the United States from Glasgow, in 1905
  • Francis Lyttle, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Belfast, Ireland, in 1906
  • Irene Lyttle, aged 8, who settled in America from Eredon, England, in 1907
  • Mary Lyttle, aged 39, who landed in America from Everton, England, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Lyttle Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Elizabeth Lyttle, aged 72, who emigrated to Regina, Canada, in 1909

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Contemporary Notables of the name Lyttle (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Lyttle (post 1700)



  • James Lawrence Lyttle (b. 1946), American former Major League Baseball player
  • Marcia J. Lyttle, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 11th District, 1924
  • George H. Lyttle, American politician, Representative from Ohio 21st District, 1900
  • Carl Lyttle, American politician, Member of Kentucky State House of Representatives, 1938-39
  • David "Foggy" Lyttle (1944-2003), Irish guitarist, best known for his work with Van Morrison
  • Desmond Lyttle (b. 1971), English professional footballer
  • Sancho Lyttle (b. 1983), Spanish professional basketball player

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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: Magnum in parvo
Motto Translation: Great things in a little


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    2. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    6. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
    9. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    10. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    11. ...

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