The name Lightfeard is an ancient Anglo-Saxon
name that was given to a person who was a swift runner. The surname Lightfeard 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 Lightfeard family
The surname Lightfeard 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 Lightfeard family
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Lightfeard Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Lightfeard has undergone many spelling variations
, including Lightfoot, Lightford, Lightfoote and others.
Early Notables of the Lightfeard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Lightfeard family to Ireland
Some of the Lightfeard family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Lightfeard family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Lightfeard were among those contributors: 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.