Little Family History

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Little Name Meaning

English: nickname for a small man, or distinguishing epithet for the younger of two bearers of the same personal name, from Middle English littel, Old English l¯tel, originally a diminutive of l¯t (see Light 3). Irish: translation of Gaelic Ó Beagáin ‘descendant of Beagán’ (see Begin). Translation of French Petit and Lepetit; also used as an English form of names such as Jean-Petit ‘little John’. Translation of any of various other European name meaning ‘little’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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

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Little Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Little name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Little. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Norway


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Little Family Origin

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Little Family Occupations

What did your Little ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Little occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Little's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Little. A less common occupation for the Little family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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Little Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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

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Draft Card

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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Little Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Little ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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