The name Lightfork comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It was a name for a swift runner. The surname Lightfork 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 Lightfork family
The surname Lightfork 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 Lightfork family
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Lightfork 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 Lightfork has undergone many spelling variations
, including Lightfoot, Lightford, Lightfoote and others.
Early Notables of the Lightfork family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Lightfork family to Ireland
Some of the Lightfork family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Lightfork 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 Lightfork 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.