The annals of Scottish history reveal that Golightley was first used as a name by descendants of the Pictish tribe of ancient Scotland
. The Golightley family lived in some place which is now obscure. The surname Golightley belongs to the category of habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Golightley family
The surname Golightley was first found in Perthshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Golightley family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Golightley research.Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1291 and 1296 are included under the topic Early Golightley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Golightley Spelling Variations
During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations
of the name Golightley include Galletly, Gallightly, Gellatly, Gellately, Gillatly, Golightly and many more.
Early Notables of the Golightley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Golightley family to the New World and Oceana
Scots left their country by the thousands to travel to Australia
and North America. Desperate for freedom and an opportunity to fend for themselves, many paid huge fees and suffered under terrible conditions on long voyages. Still, for those who made the trip, freedom and opportunity awaited. In North America, many fought their old English oppressors in the American War of Independence
. In recent years, Scottish heritage has been an increasingly important topic, as Clan
societies and other organizations have renewed people's interest in their history. An examination of passenger and immigration lists shows many early settlers bearing the name of Golightley: Stephen Gallatly who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1823.
The Golightley Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Hactenus invictus
Motto Translation: Hitherto unconquered.