The name Lightforthey is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It was a name for someone who was a swift runner. The surname Lightforthey 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 Lightforthey family
The surname Lightforthey 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 Lightforthey family
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Lightforthey Spelling Variations
Lightforthey has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Lightforthey have been found, including Lightfoot, Lightford, Lightfoote and others.
Early Notables of the Lightforthey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Lightforthey family to Ireland
Some of the Lightforthey family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
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Migration of the Lightforthey family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Lightfortheys to arrive on North American shores: 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.