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Origin and popularity of the name LITTLEY


Littley : 1: perhaps from a lost place in Bishop's Nympton named with Old English lȳtel + gehæg ‘little enclosure’. Spellings with -u- reflect a SW dialect pronunciation of Old English ȳ. 2: from either Litley in Cheadle the lost Little Hay in Colton or Little Hay in Shenstone all in Staffs and with the same etymology as the place-name in (1). 3: from Likeley Wood in Wickham Bishops (Essex) which is recorded as Litlehey in 1340 or from any of the other places in Essex such as Littley Green in Great Waltham Littley Wood in Wethersfield and Littleys in Ashdon all of which have the same etymology as that in (1). 4: occasionally perhaps from Middle English litel ‘little’ (Old English lȳtel) + eye ‘eye’ (Old English ēage). Compare Mussey. However no evidence has been found that 1162 Lincs name became an inherited family name.


Source : FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England

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