It is possible we are related, however, there were numerous Border Little families living in or near Carlisle, Cumberland, England in the early 1800s working in the cloth industry.
Many of these Border Little families were not genetically related. It was a very common surname in this area along with Armstrong and Elliott/Elliot families to whom these Border families would intermarry.
DNA testing is the only way to determine your true genetic ancestors and establish the movement of your family line out of Scotland/England/Ireland to countries such as Canada and the United States. If you have personal paper doucuments such as a family bible, wills, birth and death records, it might help you in your research to find common ancestors through genealogy forums; however, it truly is just guessing.
that now contains a database of over a hundred male Little whom have had their Y-DNA tested.
I know for sure there are male Little in this database that have denoted their most distant known ancestors as originating in Scotland/England and migrating to Canada.
It is a simple mouth swab test and not all that expensive when compared to the cost of our personal hours in searching for leads to find our ancenstors.
In about five weeks after submitting your swab kit for testing you will receive an email notifying your results are available. From this point you will be able to compare your genetic markers against Familytreedna's entire database. You may also upload your results to a free worldwide database to try to find even more matches to your genetic markers against individuals whom have tested with other DNA testing services.
If you are a female Little, you may have a male brother, uncle or cousin in your family line carrying the Little surname to submit a DNA swab test for you. You may pay for test by credit card and have the swab kit mailed directly to them.
This is just a few things I have discovered about my Little genetic line through DNA testing.
My Little genetic ancestors, before the time of surnames, originated from Scandinavia (mostly Norway and Finland) and continued their migration into Normandy, France at about 1200 AD; from this pool of Normandy ancestors, a branch would take up the Little surname move further into Scotland where they are first found by birth records as residing in the area of Harelawhill, Canonbie, Dumfries-shire, Scotland at about 1700 AD; my line of genetic cousins would also intermarry with the Chism surname families residing in Scotland; my line of Little would leave Dumfries-shire, Scotland and move to the Border region of Carlisle, Cumberland, England at about 1812 AD; my line of Little would leave Cumberland, England and immigrate to Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, United States in 1837.