Lightfart is an ancient name dating from the times of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person who was a swift runner. The surname Lightfart is derived from the Old English words leoht,
which means light,
which means foot.
Occasionally, this name was applied as an occupational
surname to a messenger.
Early Origins of the Lightfart family
The surname Lightfart was first found in Oxfordshire
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 Lightfart family
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Lightfart 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 Lightfart include Lightfoot, Lightford, Lightfoote and others.
Early Notables of the Lightfart family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Lightfart family to Ireland
Some of the Lightfart family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Lightfart family to the New World and Oceana
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 Lightfart were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: John Lightfoot settled in Virginia in 1610; ten years before the "Mayflower"; another John Lightfoote settled in Virginia in 1623; William Lightfoot settled in Virginia in 1689.