The ancestry of the name Lyddes dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in a clearing or glade. The surname Lyddes is derived from the Old English word leoht,
which means light
and is theorized to specifically mean light place
in this case. The surname Lyddes 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 Lyddes family
The surname Lyddes 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 Lyddes family
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Lyddes Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Lyddes have been found, including Light, Lyte, Lite and others.
Early Notables of the Lyddes family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Lyddes family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Lyddes, 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..