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Where did the Scottish Lythgoe family come from? What is the Scottish Lythgoe family crest and coat of arms? When did the Lythgoe family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Lythgoe family history?

The annals of Scottish history suggest that the ancestors of the name Lythgoe lived among the Boernician tribe of the Scottish-English border region. The Lythgoe family 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.

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In the Middles Ages scribes spelled names by their sound. Often a name was written under a different spelling variation each time it was recorded. Lythgoe has appeared as Lithgow, Lithgoe, Lithcow and others.

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

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Another 53 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lythgoe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The ancestors of Boernician-Scottish settlers dot North America even today. They settled all along the east coast when they came over, but some went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the War of Independence. However, these strong lines endured as Scottish families in the United States and Canada have rediscovered much of the heritage that was taken from them centuries ago. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Lythgoe, or a variant listed above:

Lythgoe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • James Lythgoe, aged 22, landed in New York in 1864
  • Agnes Lythgoe, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from Liverpool, in 1892
  • Mary Lythgoe, aged 50, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1892

Lythgoe Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Sarah Lythgoe, aged 26, who landed in America from Manchester, in 1905
  • Doris Lythgoe, aged 1, who landed in America from Standish, in 1906
  • Elsie Lythgoe, aged 10, who emigrated to the United States from Manchester, in 1906
  • Albert Morton Lythgoe, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Lucy Lythgoe, aged 30, who settled in America, in 1908


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  • David Lythgoe (b. 1880), American silent film actor
  • Nigel Lythgoe (b. 1949), British dancer, director and producer of the shows Pop Idol and American Idol
  • Ian G. Lythgoe CB (1914-2000), New Zealand accountant and public administrator, Chairman of the State Services Commission (1971 to 1974)
  • Clive Lythgoe (1927-2006), British classical pianist, considered to be "Britain's answer to Liberace"
  • Bonnie Lythgoe (b. 1950), British dancer and theatre producer & director
  • Alfred Peter "Alf" Lythgoe (1907-1967), British footballer
  • Simon Lythgoe, British-born film technician and producer
  • Mr. John Lythgoe (1922-1942), English Ordinary Signalman from Lowton, Lancashire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking, also sailed aboard the HMS Grasshopper and was lost in 1942


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