The origins of the Lightforth surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name originated with an early member who was a swift runner. The surname Lightforth 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 Lightforth family
The surname Lightforth 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 Lightforth family
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Lightforth Spelling Variations
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. Lightforth has been recorded under many different variations, including Lightfoot, Lightford, Lightfoote and others.
Early Notables of the Lightforth family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Lightforth family to Ireland
Some of the Lightforth 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 Lightforth family to the New World and Oceana
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 Lightforth 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.