The ancient roots of the Lights family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Lights comes from when the family lived in a clearing or glade. The surname Lights is derived from the Old English word leoht,
which means light
and is theorized to specifically mean light place
in this case. The surname Lights belongs to the class of topographic
surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.
Early Origins of the Lights family
The surname Lights was first found in Somerset
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 Lights family
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Lights Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Lights has appeared include Light, Lyte, Lite and others.
Early Notables of the Lights family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Lights family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Lights Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. George Lights U.E. who settled in Saint Andrews, New Brunswick c. 1784 CITATION[CLOSE]
Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X