The Lite name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived in a clearing or glade. The surname Lite is derived from the Old English word leoht,
which means light
and is theorized to specifically mean light place
in this case. The surname Lite 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 Lite family
The surname Lite 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 Lite family
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Lite Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Lite has undergone many spelling variations
, including Light, Lyte, Lite and others.
Early Notables of the Lite family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Lite family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Lite were among those contributors: 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..