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The present generation of the Light family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in a clearing or glade. The surname Light is derived from the Old English word leoht, which means light and is theorized to specifically mean light place in this case. The surname Light belongs to the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.

Light Early Origins



The surname Light was first found in Somerset 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.

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Light Spelling Variations


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Light Spelling Variations



Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Light include Light, Lyte, Lite and others.

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Light Early History


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Light Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Light research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1546, 1529, 1607, 1578, 1564 and 1588 are included under the topic Early Light History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Light Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Light Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Light Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Light were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Light Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Elias Light, who arrived in Virginia in 1636
  • Richard Light, who landed in Virginia in 1636
  • Rich Light, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Elias Light settled in Virginia in 1637 along with Richard
  • George Light, who arrived in Virginia in 1648
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Light Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Barnaby Light, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Emlin Light, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Anna Light, aged 19, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Catarin Light, aged 50, landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Chris Light, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Light Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Light, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • E Light, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Elisha Light, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • H Light, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Morris Light, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1860

Light Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Light arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Rapid" in 1836 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAPID 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Rapid.htm
  • A. Light arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Hyde" in 1849
  • W. Light arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Hyde" in 1849

Light Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Philip Light, aged 32, a brickmaker, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Queen of the North" in 1874
  • Mary Ann Light, aged 30, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Queen of the North" in 1874
  • William Light, aged 7, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Queen of the North" in 1874
  • Henrietta Light, aged 5, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Queen of the North" in 1874
  • George Light, aged 1, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Queen of the North" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Light (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Light (post 1700)



  • Robert S. "Bob" Light (1927-2015), American politician, Member of the New Mexico House of Representatives (1985-1996)
  • Edward B. Light, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Guadalajara, 1897-1905
  • Edith M. Light, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Virginia, 2000
  • Catherine Light, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1960 (alternate), 1964, 1968 (alternate)
  • Asaph S. Light, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Lebanon, Pennsylvania, 1892-96
  • Arthur S. Light, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for New York State Engineer and Surveyor, 1920
  • Alexander E. Light, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Richmond County 1st District, 1935
  • Adam N. Light, American Republican politician, Candidate for Virginia State Senate 38th District, 2011
  • Eleanor M. Light, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1964; Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 77th District, 1968
  • Ephraim Light, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1916
  • ... (Another 24 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Light Historic Events


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Light Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Herbert Light, English 3rd Class passenger residing in Camden, New Jersey, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. C. Light (d. 1912), aged 23, English Plate Steward from Christchurch, Dorset who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Christopher William Light (d. 1912), aged 20, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. W. Light (d. 1912), aged 47, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Light


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Suggested Readings for the name Light



  • The Light Genealogy in America by Moses Light.

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Light Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAPID 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Rapid.htm

Other References

  1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  2. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  8. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  11. ...

The Light Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Light Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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