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Littlejohn Surname Meaning

Scottish and English: nickname from Middle English litel ‘little’ (Old English lȳtel) + the Middle English personal name John . The nickname may have been used ironically for a giant as with the outlaw character Little John in 17th-century tales and ballads of Robin Hood (though he is no giant in 15th-century texts). In some cases also an Americanized form (translation into English) of French Petitjean .

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


Similar surnames: Pettyjohn, Little, Meiklejohn, Littler, Linton, Milleson, Littleford

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Where is the Littlejohn family from?

You can see how Littlejohn families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Littlejohn family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Littlejohn families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 172 Littlejohn families living in London. This was about 32% of all the recorded Littlejohn's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Littlejohn families in 1891.
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What did your Littlejohn ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Builders Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Littlejohn. 15% of Littlejohn men worked as a Builders Labourer and 77% of Littlejohn women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Littlejohn were Butcher Shop Keeper and Incapacitated. .

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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 1939

  • Builders Labourer
    15%
  • Heavy Transport Driver
    10%
  • Iron Moulder
    10%
  • Butcher Shop Keeper
    10%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    77%
  • Private Means
    5%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    4%
  • Incapacitated
    3%
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Census Records

There are 64,000 census records available for the last name Littlejohn. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Littlejohn 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Littlejohn. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 9,000 military records available for the last name Littlejohn. For the veterans among your Littlejohn ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Littlejohn lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Littlejohn life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Littlejohn in 1944 was 22, and 73 in 2004.

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