Lightowler History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Lightowler family

The surname Lightowler 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 Lightowler family

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Lightowler Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Lightowler family (pre 1700)

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United States Lightowler migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lightowler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Martha Lightowler, aged 35, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Susan Grace Lightowler, aged 33, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Lucy Lightowler, aged 32, who immigrated to the United States, in 1896
Lightowler Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • David Lightowler, who settled in America, in 1903
  • Eliizth Lightowler, aged 29, who landed in America from Bradford, England, in 1907
  • Sarah Lightowler, aged 59, who immigrated to America from Morecambe, England, in 1911
  • Charles B. Lightowler, aged 42, who landed in America, in 1912
  • Amy B. Lightowler, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Lightowler migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Lightowler Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Lightowler, English convict who was convicted in York, Yorkshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Duke of Portland" in January 1807, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. Abraham Lightowler, English convict who was convicted in York, Yorkshire, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Fairlie" on 9th Mary 1852, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Island) [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Lightowler (post 1700) +

  • Gerard A "Gerry" Lightowler (1940-2008), English professional footballer who played over 200 matches for his hometown club Bradford Park Avenue
  • Walter Lightowler Wilkinson (1885-1917), British poet and Lieutenant in the 8th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders; killed in action during the Battle of Arras on Vimy Ridge on 9th April 1917; his WWI poetry anthologies survive today giving a glimpse of the wartime stress


  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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th July 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/duke-of-portland
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 26th September 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/fairlie


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