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The earliest origins of the Lightforthe surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was a swift runner. The surname Lightforthe 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.

Lightforthe Early Origins



The surname Lightforthe 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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Lightforthe Spelling Variations


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Lightforthe Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Lightforthe are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Lightforthe include: Lightfoot, Lightford, Lightfoote and others.

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Lightforthe Early History


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Lightforthe Early History



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

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Lightforthe Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Lightforthe Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Lightforthe In Ireland


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Lightforthe In Ireland



Some of the Lightforthe 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



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Lightforthe 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.

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
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    The Lightforthe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lightforthe 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.

    This page was last modified on 7 November 2012 at 11:52.

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