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In the annals of Scottish history, few names go farther back than Lithgow, whose ancestors go back to the people of the Boernician tribe. The first family to use the name Lithgow lived in Linlithgow, located between Edinburgh and Falkirk. The place-name's origins are in the Gaelic: llyn meaning lake or pool, llaith meaning damp, and cau meaning hollow.

Lithgow Early Origins



The surname Lithgow was first found in Linlithgow, a Royal Burgh in West Lothian, Scotland. One of the earliest records of the name was Magister Symon de Lynlithcu who witnessed an instrument at the church of Cargil in 1225. A few years later in 1245, Petrus de Linlithqw was a canon of the priory of St. Andrews. His successor was Chief of the family name, son of John, and he was confirmed in his lands at Berwick on Tweed in 1280 and 1290. John de Lithcu rendered to Exchequer the account of his disbursements in connection with King Roberts I.

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Lithgow Spelling Variations


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Lithgow Spelling Variations



Over the years, Lithgow has been written It appears under these variations because medieval scribes spelled names according to sound rather than by any over-arching set of rules. Lithgow, Lithgoe, Lithcow and others.

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Lithgow Early History


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Lithgow Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lithgow research. Another 209 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1220, 1220, 1500, 1582, 1645 and 1784 are included under the topic Early Lithgow History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lithgow Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Lithgow Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lithgow Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



When these Boernician-Scottish settlers arrived in North America they brought little with them and often had restart their lives from scratch. Through time, much of their heritage was lost, and it is only this century through Clan societies and highland games that many have recovered their national heritage. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Lithgow family to immigrate North America:

Lithgow Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Margaret Lithgow, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685

Lithgow Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Lithgow, who landed in New England in 1719
  • Alexander Lithgow, who landed in Virginia in 1793

Lithgow Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George, James, John, Robert, Walter and William Lithgow, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

Lithgow Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Helen Lithgow arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRFIELD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Fairfield.htm
  • John Lithgow arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRFIELD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Fairfield.htm
  • John S. Lithgow arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1849
  • Sarah Lithgow, aged 26, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Oregon"
  • Robert Lithgow, aged 30, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Anglia"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Lithgow (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Lithgow (post 1700)



  • John Arthur Lithgow (b. 1945), American Tony and Golden Globe Award winning actor
  • James S. Lithgow (1812-1902), sixteenth mayor of Louisville, Kentucky
  • William Lithgow, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Puerto Plata, 1884
  • William Lithgow Jr., American politician, U.S. Attorney for Maine, 1789-96
  • Washington Lithgow, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Puerto Plata, 1897
  • James Smith Lithgow (1812-1902), American Democrat politician, Coppersmith; Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, 1865-67; Resigned 1867
  • Arthur W. Lithgow, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Puerto Plata, 1905
  • A. Lithgow, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Puerto Plata, 1862-66
  • Sir William James Lithgow (b. 1934), 2nd Baronet, Scottish industrialist and vice-chairman of Lithgow Group
  • Sir William Lithgow (1854-1908), Scottish shipbuilder, co-founder of Lithgows Limited, a British shipbuilding company
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRFIELD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Fairfield.htm

Other References

  1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  2. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  5. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  11. ...

The Lithgow Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lithgow Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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