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Litten Coat of Arms / Litten Family Crest

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This surname of LITTEN was a locational name meaning 'one who came from LITTON' parishes in counties Somerset and Dorset; also townships in counties Hereford and in the West Riding of Yorkshire, and there is a hamlet of the name in the parish of Tideswell, County Derbyshire. Surnames derived from placenames are divided into two broad categories; topographic names and habitation names. Topographic names are derived from general descriptive references to someone who lived near a physical feature such as an oak tree, a hill, a stream or a church. Habitation names are derived from pre-existing names denoting towns, villages and farmsteads. Other classes of local names include those derived from the names of rivers, individual houses with signs on them, regions and whole countries. The name is also spelt LITTON and LYTTON. The earliest of the name on record appears to be Hugh de LITTON, who was documented in Northampton in the year 1273, and Alicia de LITTON of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error. Later instances include William LITTON and Elizabeth Myles, who were married in London in the year 1583, and Edward LITTON and Elizabeth Frierson were wed at St. Michael, Cornhill, London in 1606. A notable member of the name was Edward George LYTTON Bulwer, 1st Baron LYTTON (1803-73) the English novelist, playwright, essayist, poet and politician, born in London. He was the youngest son of General Earle Bulwer (1776-1807) by Elizabeth Barbara LYTTON (1773-1843) the heiress of Knebworth in Hertfordshire. He took early to poetry and in 1820 published 'Ismael and other Poems'. At Trinity Hall, Cambridge, he won the chancellor's gold medal for a poem 'Sculpture' but left with only a pass degree. He was created a baronet in 1838, and in 1843 he succeeded to the Knebworth estate and assumed the surname of LYTTON. In 1866 he was raised to the peerage.

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