Lightfeart is an ancient Anglo-Saxon
name. It was a name given to a person who was a swift runner. The surname Lightfeart 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 Lightfeart family
The surname Lightfeart 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 Lightfeart family
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Lightfeart Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Lightfeart has appeared include Lightfoot, Lightford, Lightfoote and others.
Early Notables of the Lightfeart family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Lightfeart family to Ireland
Some of the Lightfeart family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
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Migration of the Lightfeart family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Lightfeart arrived in North America very early: 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.