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Little

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How popular is the baby name Little in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1883 5 0 5
1884 5 0 5
1889 5 0 5
1892 7 0 7
1896 8 0 8
1898 5 0 5
1901 5 0 5
1905 5 0 5
1907 5 0 5
1909 10 0 10
1910 5 0 5
1912 13 0 13
1913 10 0 10
1914 10 0 10
1915 11 0 11
1916 14 0 14
1917 22 0 22
1918 22 5 17
1919 22 0 22
1920 27 5 22
1921 22 0 22
1922 23 0 23
1923 22 5 17
1924 21 0 21
1925 26 5 21
1926 16 0 16
1927 27 5 22
1928 24 6 18
1929 25 8 17
1930 17 0 17
1931 18 0 18
1932 7 0 7
1933 21 5 16
1934 18 6 12
1935 13 0 13
1936 16 0 16
1937 20 0 20
1938 15 5 10
1939 11 0 11
1940 21 6 15
1941 13 0 13
1942 25 6 19
1943 18 0 18
1944 10 0 10
1945 13 0 13
1946 18 0 18
1947 28 7 21
1948 19 0 19
1949 15 0 15
1950 13 5 8
1951 16 0 16
1952 22 6 16
1953 21 0 21
1954 21 5 16
1955 14 0 14
1956 21 6 15
1957 20 0 20
1958 14 0 14
1959 35 8 27
1960 26 8 18
1961 31 6 25
1962 26 5 21
1963 25 5 20
1964 14 0 14
1965 32 5 27
1966 16 0 16
1967 20 0 20
1968 29 0 29
1969 20 0 20
1970 17 0 17
1971 37 8 29
1972 31 5 26
1973 34 6 28
1974 37 8 29
1975 41 9 32
1976 23 0 23
1977 31 6 25
1978 17 0 17
1979 27 5 22
1980 33 10 23
1981 25 7 18
1982 22 0 22
1983 21 6 15
1984 15 0 15
1985 13 0 13
1986 14 0 14
1988 8 0 8
1989 22 5 17
1990 16 5 11
1991 8 0 8
1992 15 0 15
1993 8 0 8
1994 15 5 10
1995 15 0 15
1996 13 0 13
1997 8 0 8
1998 7 0 7
2000 6 0 6
2004 8 0 8
2015 5 0 5

Fun Facts about the name Little

  • How many people with the first name Little have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,786 babies born with the first name Little in the United States. That's more than enough people named Little to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Little? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1883 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Little first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Little is Tuesday, September 9th, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Little born? The highest recorded use of the first name Little was in 1975 with a total of 32 babies.
  • Random Little Factoid: According to the 1921 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Little is not a popular baby boy's name in Alabama. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Alabama have the same name as you in 1921.
  • Weird things about the name Little: Your name in reverse order is Elttil. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Litlte. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Little? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 105,936 people with the last name Little.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Little? Little was ranked as the 291st most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!
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Popularity of Little as a first name

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Popularity of Little as a last name

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Common last names for Little

  • Williams
  • Davis
  • Smith
  • Taylor

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Little U.S.
  White 70.11% 64.26%
  African American 24.26% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.44% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.26% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.93% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.01% 16.26%

Of Last Name Little

People with the last name Little are most frequently White or African American

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Little" mean? The list below shows the origins of Little as well as things modernly associated with the name Little such as celebrities named Little.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Lit"tle
Senses
  1. Small in size or extent; not big; diminutive; -- opposed to big or large; as, a little body; a little animal; a little piece of ground; a little hill; a little distance; a little child. "He sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature." [Luke xix. 3.]
  2. Short in duration; brief; as, a little sleep."Best him enough: after a little time, I'll beat him too." [Shak.]
  3. Small in quantity or amount; not much; as, a little food; a little air or water. "Conceited of their little wisdoms, and doting upon their own fancies." [Barrow.]
  4. Small in dignity, power, or importance; not great; insignificant; contemptible."When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes?" [I Sam. xv. 17.]
  5. Small in force or efficiency; not strong; weak; slight; inconsiderable; as, little attention or exertion; little effort; little care or diligence. "By sad experiment I know How little weight my words with thee can find." [Milton.]
  6. Small in extent of views or sympathies; narrow; shallow; contracted; mean; illiberal; ungenerous."The long-necked geese of the world that are ever hissing dispraise, Because their natures are little." [Tennyson.]"The men, and the women, and the little ones." [Deut. ii. 34.] Little peach Little peach a disease of peaches in which the fruit is much dwarfed, and the leaves grow small and thin. The cause is not known. Little Rhod"y Rhode Island; -- a nickname alluding to its small size. It is the smallest State of the United States. Little Sisters of the Poor [R. C. Ch] an order of women who care for old men and women and infirm poor, for whom special houses are built. It was established at St. Servan, Britany, France, in 1840, by the Abbé Le Pailleur. Little slam [Bridge Whist] the winning of 12 out of the 13 tricks. It counts 20 points on the honor score. Contrasted with grand slam.

Etymology: OE. litel lutel, AS. lȳtel lītel lȳt; akin to OS. littil, D. luttel, LG. lütt, OHG. luzzil, MHG. lützel; and perh. to AS. lytig deceitful, lot deceit, Goth. liuts deceitful, lutōn to deceive; cf. also Icel. lītill little, Sw. liten, Dan. liden lille, Goth. leitils, which appear to have a different root vowel

noun Lit"tle
Senses
  1. That which is little; a small quantity, amount, space, or the like."Much was in little writ." [Dryden.]"There are many expressions, which carrying with them no clear ideas, are like to remove but little of my ignorance." [Locke.]
  2. A small degree or scale; miniature."His picture in little." [Shak.]"A little, to or in a small degree; to a limited extent; somewhat; for a short time. “ Stay a little.”" [Shak.]"The painter flattered her a little." [Shak.] By little and little ; Little by little By little and little ; Little by little by slow degrees; piecemeal; gradually.
adverb Lit"tle
In a small quantity or degree; not much; slightly; somewhat; -- often with a preceding it.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A small amount or duration ("he accepted the little they gave him")
  2. Small in a way that arouses feelings (of tenderness or its opposite depending on the context) ("a nice little job", "bless your little heart", "my dear little mother", "a sweet little deal", "I'm tired of your petty little schemes", "filthy little tricks", and "what a nasty little situation")
  3. (informal) small and of little importance ("a little (or small) matter")
  4. Limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent ("a little dining room", "a little house", and "a little (or small) group")
  5. (of a voice) faint ("a little voice")
  6. Lowercase ("little a")
  7. (quantifier used with mass nouns) small in quantity or degree; not much or almost none or (with `a') at least some ("little rain fell in May", "gave it little thought", "little time is left", "we still have little money", and "a little hope remained")
  8. (of children and animals) young, immature ("what a big little boy you are")
  9. Low in stature; not tall ("a little man")
  10. Not much ("he talked little about his family")

From Middle English litel, from Old English lȳtel, from Proto-Germanic *lūtilaz (“tending to stoop, crouched, little”), from Proto-Indo-European *lewd- (“to bend, bent, small”), equivalent to lout +‎ -le. Cognate with Dutch luttel, German lütt and lützel, West Frisian lyts, Low German lütt, Old High German luzzil, Middle High German lützel, Old English lūtan (“to bow, bend low”); and perhaps to Old English lytig (“deceitful, lot deceit”), Gothic 𐌻𐌹𐌿𐍄𐍃 (liuts, “deceitful”), 𐌻𐌿𐍄𐌾𐌰𐌽 (lutjan, “to deceive”); compare also Icelandic lítill (“little”), Swedish liten, Danish liden, lille, Gothic 𐌻𐌴𐌹𐍄𐌹𐌻𐍃 (leitils), which appear to have a different root vowel. More at lout.

Little Richard

Little Richard is a musician and songwriter specializing in rhythm and blues, rock and roll, gospel, soul music with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1947 to present. Little was born in 1932 as Richard Wayne Penniman in Macon, Georgia, United States.

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Little Boots

Little Boots is a singer-songwriter and dj specializing in electropop, synthpop, and dance-pop music with the most prominent portion of her career being from 2 to present. Little was born in 1984 as Victoria Christina Hesketh in Blackpool, Lancashire, England.

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Other Inspirations for the Name Little

Little Big Town
Little Boy
Little Boy Movie
Little Caesars
Little Einsteins
Little League World Series
Little Mix
Little Rascals
Little Serow
Little League

Notable Persons With the Last Name Little

Malcolm X

Malcolm X is a minister and activist. Malcolm was born in 1925 as Malcolm Little in Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.

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Cleavon Little

Cleavon Little is an actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1 to present. Cleavon was born in 1939 as Cleavon Jake Little in Chickasha, Oklahoma, United States.

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Rich Little

Rich Little is a comedian with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1963 to present. Rich was born in 1938 as Richard Caruthers Little in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

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Ralf Little

Ralf Little is an actor, writer, and footballer. Ralf was born in 1981 as Ralf Alastair John B. Little in Oldham, England, UK.

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Leonard Little

Leonard Little is a NFL player. Leonard was born in 1974 in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Chad Little

Chad Little is a nascar driver. Chad was born in 1963 in Spokane, Washington, U.S.

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What does the name Little mean?

Lis for love, your love of life!

Iis for intuitive, others should trust your instincts

Tis for tasteful, the way you communicate.

Tis for treasure, of your friendship.

Lis for life, that you live so well.

Eis for exquisite, who could argue?

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