Lithcow was first used as a surname by the descendents of the ancient Boernician
clans of Scotland
. The Lithcow family lived in Linlithgow, located between Edinburgh and Falkirk. The place-name's origins are in the Gaelic: llyn
meaning lake or pool, llaith
meaning damp, and cau
Early Origins of the Lithcow family
The surname Lithcow was first found in Linlithgow, a Royal Burgh in West Lothian
. One of the earliest records of the name was Magister Symon de Lynlithcu who witnessed an instrument at the church of Cargil in 1225. A few years later in 1245, Petrus de Linlithqw was a canon of the priory of St. Andrews. His successor was Chief of the family name, son of John, and he was confirmed in his lands at Berwick on Tweed in 1280 and 1290. John de Lithcu rendered to Exchequer the account of his disbursements in connection with King Roberts I.
Early History of the Lithcow family
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Lithcow Spelling Variations
In the many years before the invention of the printing press and the first dictionaries, names and other words were spelled according to sound, often differently with each person who wrote them. Spelling variations
of Lithcow include Lithgow, Lithgoe, Lithcow and others.
Early Notables of the Lithcow family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Lithcow family to the New World and Oceana
In many cases, the ancestors of many of these Boernician-Scottish people are just now learning of their Scottish heritage. Since the trip was so arduous, and many were fleeing from poverty itself, settlers brought little with them and often had nothing of their personal history to hand down to their children. Clan
societies and highland games have helped to correct this problem in the 20th century. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Lithcows to arrive on North American shores:
Lithcow Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Andrew and his wife Elizabeth Lithcow, who settled in Georgia in 1775