Lightford is a name whose history dates far back into the mists of early British times to the days of the
tribes. It is a name for a swift runner. The surname Lightford is derived from the Old English words
surname to a messenger.
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lightford research.Another 82 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1303, 1602 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Lightford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Lightford has been recorded under many different variations, including Lightfoot, Lightford, Lightfoote and others.
Some of the Lightford 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.
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Lightford or a variant listed above: 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.