Littell, this is one of the oldest of English surnames and is of Anglo-Saxon origin, from a nickname for a man of small stature. In some cases the name may have been used to denote the opposite of its meaning, as in the surviving surname “Little John”, often used of a “giant”.
Littell Spelling Variations
Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear using many spelling derivations. Differentiation’s were partially defined by a regions accepted spelling of a particular sound. Littell has appeared as Little, Litel, Littel, Littell Lytle and others.