Golightly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The annals of Scottish history reveal that Golightly was first used as a name by descendants of the Pictish tribe of ancient Scotland. The Golightly family lived in some place which is now obscure. The surname Golightly belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. 
Other sources claim the name is "a nickname for messenger, runner,  or "a messenger or runner [who] was fleet of foot." 
Early Origins of the Golightly family
The surname Golightly 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 Golightly family
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Golightly 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 Golightly include Galletly, Gallightly, Gellatly, Gellately, Gillatly, Golightly and many more.
Early Notables of the Golightly family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Anne Catleyborn, born in 1745 in an alley near "Tower Hill, London of very humble parents, her father being a hackney coachman, and her mother a washerwoman. Endowed with great personal beauty, a charming voice, and a natural talent for singing, she gained her living at the early age of 10 years by singing in the public houses in the neighbourhood, and also for the diversion of the officers quartered in the Tower. When about 15 years of age she was...
In the United States, the name Golightly is the 10,224th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
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 Golightly:
Golightly Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Golightly Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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.