Little family page
This common English surname did not arrive in Jersey until the early 19th century
Margaret Anne Little married John Bettinson Cragg in St Saviour in 1843
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Origins of surname
Although the name would undoubtedly have been given to a small man, it might also have been used in the opposite way - think of Little John, Robin Hood's giant companion! It has also been used in the same way as 'junior' to distinguish between two members of the same family with the same name.
Although one of the earliest of English surnames, Little did not make an appearance in Jersey until the early 19th century. Although there were baptisms in St Ouen and St Helier in 1805, 1824, 1832 and 1844, they were of three girls and a boy of different fathers and mothers whose maiden name was not given. It is only when the children of George James and Louisa Mary Ann Houguet start appearing in the St Helier baptism register from 1888 onwards that a family group can be identified. George has been traced back through three generations in London to Joshua Little, born in Essex in about 1796 - see tree below.
- Little baptisms in Jersey
- Little marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Little marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Little burials in Jersey
Little family members who served in World War 1
- Alfred Mourant Little (1893- ) (St H) son of George James and Louisa Mary Ann Houguet, Private, Canadian Infantry
- George James Little (1891- ) (St H) son of George James and Louisa, Private, Devonshire Regiment
- George James Little (St H) Private, Royal Defence Corps
- John Franklin Little (1893- ) (St H) son of John Albro and Mary Maud Franklin, ex-RMIJ, OV, 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Field Artillery
This will created by a member of the Little family is now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, date and reference number shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- Elizabeth Little of Rosemount Cottage, St Helier, bequeaths to Jane, Sarah, Charlotte and Janette Little ten shares in the Colonial Bank in London, one Portuguese Bond and a share in a Mexican Bond Includes papers relating to and requesting the appointment of James Cornelius Little as executor of the Elizabeth Jane Little - 10 June 1874, D/Y/A/37
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Since August 2020 we have added several thousand new records from the registers of Roman Catholic, Methodist and other non-conformist churches. These will appear in date order within a general search of the records and are also individually searchable within the database search form