Lighthall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Lighthall family

The surname Lighthall was first found in Lancashire at Lightollers, an estate in the parish of Stockport. [1] One source presumes the Old English name was derived from "dweller by the light alders." [2]

A very rare surname, the first record was that of Michael de Lightholres who was recorded here in the 13th century. [3]

Moving forward hundreds of years, the Lancashire Inquisitions notes John Lightowlers, of Withnell, Lancashire, 1606-1607. The Wills at Chester record Robert Lightowler, of Wyndybank, 1620; James Chadwick, of Lightowlers, parish of Stockport. 1621; and Edmund Lightowler, of Castleton, 1633. [1]

Early History of the Lighthall family

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Lighthall Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Lightoller, Lightowler, Lightowlers, Liteowler, Liteoller and many more.

Early Notables of the Lighthall family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Lighthall family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..


Contemporary Notables of the name Lighthall (post 1700) +

  • Constance Lighthall, American Democratic Party politician, Presidential Elector for Ohio, 2012 [4]
  • William Douw Lighthall K.C., LL.D., F.R.S.C., (1857-1954), Canadian lawyer, historian, novelist, poet, philosopher, anthologist, and editor, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1902


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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