The Lichliter surname was a habitation name, taken on from one of the places so named in the Orkneys. The place name derived from the Old Norse "lyng," meaning "heather," and "klettr," or "rock" which were combined to make the Old Norse name "Lynglettr."
Early Origins of the Lichliter family
The surname Lichliter was first found in the Orkneys, where the original form of the name was Linklet. Today, Linklet and Linklater both are located in the Orkney
Islands. Linklater is located in South Ronaldsey, while Linklet is located in North Ronaldsey. Records of Linklater in South Ronaldsey date back as far as 1500 where it appears as Linclet; and Linklet in 1596. Linklater was also found in North Sandwick where it was listed as Lynkclet in 1500. Moving back to the Old Norse versions of the name we found records of Criste Aelingeklaet who was referred to in the Commons of Orkney
in 1424 as a "goodman."
Early History of the Lichliter family
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Lichliter Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Linklater, Linkletter, Linklitter, Linklet and others.
Early Notables of the Lichliter family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
from early times was Andrew Linklater of that Ilk who was lawrikman in North Sandwick in 1678; and Peter Linklater (1757-1789), one of the quartermasters on the "Bounty" who remained loyal to Captain Bligh and was set adrift during the mutiny. During... Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lichliter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Lichliter family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Hugh Linklater, who came to Canada in 1732; Thomas Linkletter, who came to the Virgin Islands in 1750; William Linkletter who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1763.