Show ContentsLightbown History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Lightbown family

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.

Early History of the Lightbown family

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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.

Early Notables of the Lightbown family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Lightbown family to Ireland

Some of the Lightbown family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Lightbown migration to the United States +

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 immigrated 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 immigrated to the United States from Blackburn, England, in 1909
  • William Lightbown, aged 27, who landed in America from Manchester, England, in 1913
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Australia Lightbown migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Lightbown Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

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 [2]

The Lightbown 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.

  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 2nd December 2020). Retrieved from
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from on Facebook