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Little Surname Meaning

English: nickname for a small man (if not ironic) or distinguishing epithet for the younger of two bearers of the same personal name from Middle English littel Old English lȳtel (see Light ). Irish: translation into English of Gaelic Ó Beagáin ‘descendant of Beagán’ (see Began ). Americanized form (translation into English) of any of various European surnames meaning ‘little’ e.g. French Petit Polish Mały (see Maly ). Native American: translation into English (and shortening) of a personal name based on (or just composed of) a word meaning ‘little’ such as Navajo Hastiin Yázhí ‘Little Man’ (see Yazzie ). Compare Littleman and Shorty

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Littler, Tuttle, Litle, Spittle, Littles, Lyttle, Lile, Kettle, Litt

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Where is the Little family from?

You can see how Little families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Little family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Little families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 1,576 Little families living in Ontario. This was about 52% of all the recorded Little's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Little families in 1911.
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What did your Little ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Little. 34% of Little men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Little women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Little were Carpenter and Income. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Income
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Census Records

There are 743,000 census records available for the last name Little. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Little census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 72,000 immigration records available for the last name Little. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 112,000 military records available for the last name Little. For the veterans among your Little ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Little lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Little life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Little in 1941 was 32, and 73 in 2004.

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