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,
which means foot.
Occasionally, this name was applied as an occupational
surname to a messenger.
Early Origins of the Lightforthe family
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.
Early History of the Lightforthe family
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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.
Early Notables of the Lightforthe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Lightforthe family to 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
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Migration of the Lightforthe family to the New World and Oceana
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.