Kightly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Kightly surname lived in the settlement of Keighley in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Kightly belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Kightly family
The surname Kightly was first found in Yorkshire at Keighley, a market-town and parish, and the head of a union, in the E. division of the wapentake of Staincliffe and Ewcross.  The first listing of the place name was Chichelai in the Domesday Book of 1086. 
"This place, anciently Kyghelay, was for many generations the property of the Kyghelay family, who either gave their name to, or derived it from, the manor; and of whom Gilbertus Kyghelay, of Utley, was buried here in 1203, according to an inscription on a stone still remaining in the parish church. In the reign of Edward I. Henry de Kyghelay, a member of the family, obtained the grant of a weekly market and an annual fair, with privilege of free warren for the inhabitants." 
Early History of the Kightly family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kightly research. Another 94 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1186, 1650, 1719, 1686, 1692, 1621, 1648, 1580, 1643, 1651, 1620, 1621, 1662, 1663, 1789, 1872, 1650, 1719, 1803 and 1824 are included under the topic Early Kightly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kightly Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Kightly are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Kightly include: Keightley, Keighley, Keitley, Keightly and others.
Early Notables of the Kightly family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Keightley (1650-1719), an English courtier and official in Ireland, Vice-Treasurer of Ireland in 1686, Commissioner of the Irish Revenue (1692), progenitor of the family in Ireland. He was the "son of William Keightley (b. 1621) of Hertingfordbury, Hertfordshire, by his wife Anne, daughter of John Williams of London, whom he married in 1648 (Chester, Marriage Licenses, ed. Foster, p. 783). His paternal grandfather...
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Migration of the Kightly family to Ireland
Some of the Kightly family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Kightly family
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Kightly or a variant listed above: William Keightley, who settled in Jamaica in 1661; Thomas Keightley settled in Newcastle Co. Del. in 1854; James, John, Maria, Robert, Samuel, Violetta, and William Keightly all arrived in Philadelphia between 1820 and 1878..
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- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)