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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.

Lightfoot Early Origins



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.

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Lightfoot Spelling Variations


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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.

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Lightfoot Early History


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Lightfoot Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lightfoot research. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1303, 1602 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Lightfoot History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lightfoot Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Lightfoot Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lightfoot Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lightfoot In Ireland


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Lightfoot In 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.

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The Great Migration



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 settled in Virginia in 1610
  • Francis Lightfoot settled in Lynn Massachusetts in 1630
  • Francis Lightfoot, who landed in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1636
  • John Lightfoot, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
  • William Lightfoot settled in Virginia in 1689

Lightfoot Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Philip Lightfoot, who arrived in Virginia in 1708

Lightfoot Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Christopher Lightfoot, aged 31, arrived in Ohio in 1812
  • George Lightfoot, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1861

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 [1]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, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • George Lightfoot, aged 13, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Patrick Lightfoot, aged 11, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Andrew Lightfoot, aged 6, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Jane Lightfoot, aged 9 months, 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 [2]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 arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1863
  • John Lightfoot, aged 24, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875
  • Charlotte Lightfoot, aged 22, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875
  • William J. Lightfoot, aged 34, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878
  • Mary A. Lightfoot, aged 34, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878

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Contemporary Notables of the name Lightfoot (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Lightfoot (post 1700)



  • Sheryl Lightfoot, American assistant professor in the First Nations Studies Program at UBC
  • Edwin Lightfoot, American chemical engineer, the 2004 recipient of the National Medal of Science
  • William P. Lightfoot, American Democrat politician, Member, Platform Committee, Democratic National Convention, 2008; Presidential Elector for District of Columbia, 2012
  • W. W. Lightfoot, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1888
  • Phil M. Lightfoot, American politician, Mayor of Tuskegee, Alabama, 1956-59
  • 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
  • James R. Lightfoot, American politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from St. Clair County, 1911-12
  • J. D. Lightfoot, American politician, Mayor of Chanute, Kansas, 1955-56
  • H. W. Lightfoot, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1876
  • Gail Katherine Lightfoot, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California, 1988, 1990, 1996; Candidate for U.S. Senator from California, 2000
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Lightfoot Historic Events


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Lightfoot Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. George Lightfoot, British Officers Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Norman Anthony  Lightfoot (1921-1942), English Marine from England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, was listed as missing and presumed killed during the evacuation of Singapore 1942

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Suggested Readings for the name Lightfoot


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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


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  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  11. ...

The Lightfoot Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lightfoot Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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