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Lightbody History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The history of the name Lightbody begins in the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It was a name for a small person, a gentle person, or someone who was habitually active and joyful. The surname Lightbody is derived from one of a number of Old English words: the word lytel means little; the word leoht translates as light; and the word lithe means gentle or mild.


Early Origins of the Lightbody family


The surname Lightbody was first found in Lancashire 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 Lightbody family


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Lightbody 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 Lightbody 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 Lightbody include: Lightbody, Lightboddie and others.

Early Notables of the Lightbody family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Lightbody family to Ireland


Some of the Lightbody family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Lightbody family to the New World and Oceana


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 Lightbody or a variant listed above:

Lightbody Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Elizabeth Lightbody, who arrived in America in 1775

Lightbody Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Lightbody, aged 37, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • John Lightbody, who was on record in Jamaica in 1825
  • Thomas Lightbody, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1829

Lightbody Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Lightbody, his wife and two sons, who settled in Quebec in 1820
  • James Lightbody, who arrived in Canada in 1820

Contemporary Notables of the name Lightbody (post 1700)


  • James Davies "Jim" Lightbody (1882-1953), American middle distance runner, winner of three gold and one sliver Olympic medals [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Athletes - Famous Olympic Athletes, Medalists, Sports Heroes. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) James Lightbody. Retrieved from http://www.olympic.org/content/olympic-athletes/generic-athlete-page/?athleteid=57461
  • James Lightbody, American Republican politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 16th District, 1903-04 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • C. Lightbody, American politician, Mayor of El Paso, Texas, 1885-89 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • James Lightbody, Canadian Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta
  • Gary Lightbody (b. 1976), Northern Irish musician

Historic Events for the Lightbody family



HMS Hood

  • Mr. Robert Lightbody (b. 1923), Scottish Boy 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Uphill Station, Linlighgowshire, Scotland, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm

The Lightbody Motto


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: Clarior e tenebris
Motto Translation: The brighter from previous obscurity.


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Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Athletes - Famous Olympic Athletes, Medalists, Sports Heroes. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) James Lightbody. Retrieved from http://www.olympic.org/content/olympic-athletes/generic-athlete-page/?athleteid=57461
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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