name Lighty comes from when the family resided in a clearing or glade. The surname Lighty is derived from the Old English word leoht,
which means light
and is theorized to specifically mean light place
in this case. The surname Lighty 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 Lighty family
The surname Lighty 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 Lighty family
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Lighty Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Lighty has been recorded under many different variations, including Light, Lyte, Lite and others.
Early Notables of the Lighty family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Lighty family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Lighty or a variant listed above: Elias Light settled in Virginia in 1637 along with Richard; George Light settled in Virginia in 1652 with Mary; William and John Light settled in Virginia in 1653..
Contemporary Notables of the name Lighty (post 1700)
- David Maurice Lighty Jr. (b. 1988), American basketball player
- Scott Lighty (b. 1978), American super heavyweight kickboxer and light heavyweight mixed martial artist