Last name: Light

Recorded as Leight, Lett, Lite, Litt, Litte, Light, Lyte, and possibly others, this is a medieval English surname.There are several possible origins. Firstly it may be a nickname for a happy and cheerful person, and a derivation of the Olde English pre 7th century word "leoht". Secondly it may be a similar nickname for someone who was busy and active, from the Olde English "lioht", meaning nimble or quick. These two words were originally distinct, but ultimately became 'fused'. It is also possible that the name is topographical. If so it would have described a dweller at a 'light' place such as a glade in the forest, with the same derivation as before. Early examples of the surname recording include Thomas Lett, aged 22 who left the port of London for the West Indies in 1635, Peter Litte, a witness at St Botolphs without Aldgate, in the city of London, on February 7th 1697, whilst in the census of St. Philip's parish, in the island of Barbados, in 1680, Richard Light is recorded as owning twelve acres, and John Light, has five. A coat of arms was granted to Christopher Light of Horley in Oxfordshire, in1546. This has a blazon of a red field charged with a chevron between three silver rising swans. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Thomas de Leht. This was dated 1275, in the Hundred Rolls of Kent, during the reign of King Edward 1st of England, 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was sometimes known as the Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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c.r.light
they have missed out one spelling lyght..which can be found in cornwell..

j.light
wow has my dads name on this very interesting. im a light that currently lives in kent england. nice to know were our family name started.

noah light
is your first name jack

W. Light
Check out ancestry.com. I had no information past my grandfather and I traced my family back to Johannes Light of Pennsylvania. The Light family was very prominent in Lebanon County, PA. If you can trace your family to PA, chances are you decended from the same line. Before coming to the US in 1717 from Germany, the name was Licht. Chris is correct, there are a ton of Lights in PA. Check these sites out... http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=40405632 http://www.lightsfort.org/Contact_Us.html

mariereddyy@gmail.com
hi, tryna trace LIGT family in Durban 2 generations ago. Uncles Doug and brother Joff (rey) and younger cousin names Audrey. Family closely related to Ashington family. Any assistance appreciated. I am looking to find my grandmother's (Eileen Alanah Light born about 1911). mariereddyy@gmail.com

jeff
From what I know of our family heritage we came to Texas by way of Virginia then either Missouri or Atkansas before eventually settling in Llano county Tx. Does anyone have any history on this branch of the Light family. Jeff Light, Gun Barrel City Tx

Chris Light
Light is a common name from both England and Germany. The English variant spellings are Light, Leight, Lyte, and Lite. The German spellings are Leicht, Licht, and seldom Liecht. In the U.S., they are regularly anglicized to LIGHT. US lights of German origin are often from Pennsylvania and sometimes from North Carolina. Of course, they have migrated westward into various areas. English Lights in the US are usually found in New England, around the Great Lakes, and along the Canadian border. Again, these families have migrated across the US.

Robert Miller
My last name is miller but my last name used to be light before i was adopted i have no history at all of what my heritage is at all

Chris Light
Licht is the German origin for Light. Actually, in Germany, it's more likely to be Leicht. In the U.S., it's sometimes Liecht, but more commonly Licht.