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Lightfoot History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Lightfoot is of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was name for a swift runner. The surname Lightfoot is derived from the Old English words leoht, which means light, and fot, which means foot. Occasionally, this name was applied as an occupational surname to a messenger.

Early Origins of the Lightfoot family


The surname Lightfoot 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 Lightfoot family


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Lightfoot Spelling Variations


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Lightfoot have been found, including Lightfoot, Lightford, Lightfoote and others.

Early Notables of the Lightfoot family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Lightfoot family to Ireland


Some of the Lightfoot family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Lightfoot family to the New World and Oceana


Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Lightfoot, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were:

Lightfoot Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Lightfoot, who settled in Virginia in 1610
  • Francis Lightfoot, who settled in Lynn Massachusetts in 1630
  • Francis Lightfoot, who landed in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1636 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • John Lightfoot, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • William Lightfoot, who settled in Virginia in 1689

Lightfoot Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Philip Lightfoot, who arrived in Virginia in 1708 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Lightfoot Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Christopher Lightfoot, aged 31, who arrived in Ohio in 1812 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • George Lightfoot, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1861 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Lightfoot Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Heny Lightfoot, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mr. Richard Lightfoot U.E. who settled in Parr Town, Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was a member of the first Grand Jury [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Lightfoot Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Elenor Lightfoot, aged 36, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • George Lightfoot, aged 13, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Patrick Lightfoot, aged 11, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Andrew Lightfoot, aged 6, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Jane Lightfoot, aged 9 months, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833

Lightfoot Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Lightfoot, English convict from Nottingham, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820

Lightfoot Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mary Lightfoot, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1863
  • John Lightfoot, aged 24, who arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875
  • Charlotte Lightfoot, aged 22, who arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875
  • William J. Lightfoot, aged 34, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878
  • Mary A. Lightfoot, aged 34, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878

Contemporary Notables of the name Lightfoot (post 1700)


  • Gordon Lightfoot CC, O.Ont (b. 1938), Canadian folk singer and songwriter referred to as Canada's greatest songwriter and, internationally, as a folk-rock legend, recipient of sixteen Juno Awards, nominated for five Grammy Awards
  • Edwin Niblock Lightfoot (1925-2017), American chemical engineer and Hilldale Professor Emeritus in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the 2004 recipient of the National Medal of Science
  • Sheryl Lightfoot, American assistant professor in the First Nations Studies Program at UBC
  • William P. Lightfoot, American Democrat politician, Member, Platform Committee, Democratic National Convention, 2008; Presidential Elector for District of Columbia, 2012 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • W. W. Lightfoot, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1888 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Phil M. Lightfoot, American politician, Mayor of Tuskegee, Alabama, 1956-59 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • James Ross Lightfoot (b. 1938), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Iowa, 1985-97; Candidate for U.S. Senator from Iowa, 1996; Candidate for Governor of Iowa, 1998 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • James R. Lightfoot, American politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from St. Clair County, 1911-12 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • J. D. Lightfoot, American politician, Mayor of Chanute, Kansas, 1955-56 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • H. W. Lightfoot, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1876 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Lightfoot family



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. George Lightfoot, British Officers Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Norman Anthony  Lightfoot (1921-1942), English Marine from England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, was listed as missing and presumed killed during the evacuation of Singapore 1942 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html

Suggested Readings for the name Lightfoot


  • The Descendants of Samuel Lightfoot and Rachel Milhous by Dorothy Z. Milhous.
  • The History of the Lightfoot and Shirley Families by Annie Lightfoot Leith.

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Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  6. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html

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