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The ancient history of the name Lightbown dates back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name given to a small person, a gentle person, or someone who was habitually active and joyful. The surname Lightbown 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.

Lightbown Early Origins



The surname Lightbown 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.

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Lightbown Spelling Variations


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Lightbown Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Lightbown include Lightbody, Lightboddie and others.

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Lightbown Early History


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Lightbown Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lightbown research. Another 255 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1574 and 1602 are included under the topic Early Lightbown History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lightbown Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Lightbown Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Lightbown Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lightbown In Ireland


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Lightbown In Ireland



Some of the Lightbown family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Lightbown or a variant listed above:

Lightbown Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Lightbown, aged 22, who emigrated to America from England, in 1893

Lightbown Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • James Lightbown, aged 47, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1902
  • Percy Lightbown, aged 22, who landed in America from Portsmouth, in 1905
  • Rudolph W. Lightbown, aged 23, who settled in America from Chorley, England, in 1909
  • Elizabeth Lightbown, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States from Blackburn, England, in 1909
  • William Lightbown, aged 27, who landed in America from Manchester, England, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Lightbown (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Lightbown (post 1700)



  • William G. Lightbown, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from New York County 34th District, 1909

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Motto


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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


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    5. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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    The Lightbown Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lightbown 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.

    This page was last modified on 8 January 2016 at 11:49.

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