Anglo-Saxon name Leight comes from the baptismal name Lettice, a popular girls name in medieval times. This personal name was originally derived from the Latin laetitia, which means gladness and joy. Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.
Early Origins of the Leight family
Gloucestershire, where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Lett, before the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086.
Early History of the Leight family
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Leight Spelling Variations
spelling variations under which the name Leight has appeared include Lett, Layt, Laite, Layte, Let, Lete, Latt, Leyt, Letts, Lettson and many more.
Early Notables of the Leight family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Leight family to Ireland
Some of the Leight family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Leight family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Leight arrived in North America very early:
Leight Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Leight Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Leight Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Leight (post 1700)
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