Lythgoe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Lythgoe family

The surname Lythgoe 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.

Early History of the Lythgoe family

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Lythgoe Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Lythgoe family (pre 1700)

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United States Lythgoe migration to the United States +

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, who landed in New York in 1864 [1]
  • Agnes Lythgoe, aged 30, who immigrated 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 immigrated 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Lythgoe migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Lythgoe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Peter Lythgoe, British convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for life, transported aboard the "Bussorah Merchant" on 1st October 1829, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Lythgoe (post 1700) +

  • Nigel Lythgoe (b. 1949), British dancer, director and producer of the shows Pop Idol and American Idol
  • David Lythgoe (b. 1880), American silent film actor
  • Simon Lythgoe, British-born film technician and producer
  • Alfred Peter "Alf" Lythgoe (1907-1967), British footballer
  • Bonnie Lythgoe (b. 1950), British dancer and theatre producer & director
  • Clive Lythgoe (1927-2006), British classical pianist, considered to be "Britain's answer to Liberace"
  • Ian G. Lythgoe CB (1914-2000), New Zealand accountant and public administrator, Chairman of the State Services Commission (1971 to 1974)

HMS Repulse
  • 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 [3]

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 10th November 2020). Retrieved from
  3. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook