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Littlejohns Family History

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Susan

Susan Report 16 Nov 2010 10:28

I am trying to trace the history, not just dates and names, about the Littlejohns family, who I believe originally came from the West Country. If anyone can point me in the right direction for a historian for this name, would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you
Susan Heggie

Gael

Gael Report 16 Nov 2010 10:44

http://surnames.meaning-of-names.com/genealogy/littlejohn/

AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 16 Nov 2010 10:54


Last name: Littlejohns
This is surely one of the most famous of all English surnames, being associated with the outlaw Robin Hood. It is however one of a quite large group of medieval surnames which include the prefix 'Little' as a means of endearment or explanation. These include the spellings as Littleboy, Littlechild, Littlefair, Littlejohn, the patronymic Littlejohns, Littlepage, and Littleproud, and all use the prefix to suggest a younger son or perhaps a daughter, who was much loved. However in the case of Littlejohn, also spelt Litteljohn and Littlejohns, and given the robust humour of those Chaucerian times, it may also have the alternative meaning of a very large man, as in the case of the famous Little John, also known as John Little, the second in command to the famous Robin Hood, and his band of outlaws in Sherwood Forest. There the reference is clearly sardonic, which seems to apply to many medieval nicknames, in effect being the opposite of what they seem to means. About fifteen percent of all surnames from the medieval period, when surnames were first created, are essentially nicknames, and these names shown above are good examples of the genre. Early recordings taken from the surviving rolls and registers of the Middle Ages include: Robert Littelboie in the Friary Rolls of Leicester in the year 1206, Ralph Litechild in the Pipe Rolls of Leicester in 1209, Agnes Lutfair of Stafford in 1381, Litel jon of Colchester in 1350, Ralph Litelpage of Durham in 1314, and Goderun Litteprot of Hampshire in the Winton Rolls of 1066.

Read more: http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Littlejohns#ixzz15RRcwZQ5

AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 16 Nov 2010 10:58

a sample of Littlejohns from around the globe

Matches: All Sources - 288
Ancestral File
1. (Francisco Xavier) David LITTLEJOHN - Ancestral File
Gender: M Birth/Christening: 1793 , Callao, Scotland

2. (Infant) LITTLEJOHN - Ancestral File
Gender: F Birth/Christening: 21 Dec 1874 , Yell, Arkansas

3. (Infant) LITTLEJOHN - Ancestral File
Gender: U Birth/Christening: 3 Oct 1878 , Yell, Arkansas

4. A. N. LITTLEJOHN - Ancestral File
Gender: M Birth/Christening: 1823 , Montgomery, New York

5. A. J. LITTLEJOHN - Ancestral File
Gender: M Birth/Christening:

6. Abigail LITTLEJOHN - Ancestral File
Gender: F Birth/Christening: Abt 1812 Portland, Maine, Maine

7. Abraham LITTLEJOHN - Ancestral File
Gender: M Birth/Christening: Apr 1888 , , Mo

8. Abraham LITTLEJOHN - Ancestral File
Gender: M Birth/Christening:

9. Abraham LITTLEJOHN - Ancestral File
Gender: M Birth/Christening:

10. Abraham LITTLEJOHN - Ancestral File
Gender: M Birth/Christening: 1791 , , Nc

11. Abraham LITTLEJOHN - Ancestral File
Gender: M Birth/Christening: 3 Aug 1792

12. Abram LITTLEJOHN - Ancestral File
Gender: M Birth/Christening:

13. Abram. LITTLEJOHN - Ancestral File
Gender: M Birth/Christening: 1817 Ga

14. Ada LITTLEJOHN - Ancestral File
Gender: F Birth/Christening: 19 Sep 1893 , Queens, New York

15. Ada LITTLEJOHN - Ancestral File
Gender: F Birth/Christening: 14 Aug 1874

16. Adaline LITTLEJOHN - Ancestral File
Gender: F Birth/Christening: 1842 , Fairfield Co, Oh

17. Adeline LITTLEJOHN - Ancestral File
Gender: F Birth/Christening: Abt 1824 , , Tennessee

18. Agnes LITTLEJOHN - Ancestral File
Gender: F Birth/Christening: 15 Sep 1845 London, England

19. Agnes Maud LITTLEJOHN - Ancestral File
Gender: F Birth/Christening: 1 Aug 1872 Tokomariro, New Zealand

20. Agnes LITTLEJOHN - Ancestral File
Gender: F Birth/Christening: 1851 , , Socarolina

21. Agnes LITTLEJOHN - Ancestral File
Gender: F Birth/Christening: 1782 Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland

22. Agnes LITTLEJOHN - Ancestral File
Gender: F Birth/Christening:

24. Agnes LITTLEJOHN - Ancestral File
Gender: F Birth/Christening:

25. Agnes LITTLEJOHN - Ancestral File
Gender: F Birth/Christening:

Matches: Ancestral File - over 25

CelticShiv

CelticShiv Report 27 Apr 2013 01:54

Littlejohn (without the s) seem to of resided in mostly scotland. Littlejohns with the S are mainly from the West Country as you know.

Are you related to the Littlejohns?

My line are from Shebbear/Plymouth as far back as I have traced.

jax

jax Report 27 Apr 2013 02:40

Susan did not return in 2010 so I doubt whether she will see this now CelticShiv