Last name: Lightowler
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Hi Shauna I have been researching the family name for a few years now - as far as I know Lightowlers as a name has one root, being a locational surname from Littleborough (so I think we're all related). At the time of the work that led me to produce the text you quote from my site lightowlers.yolasite.com, I was unsure of a strong Viking connection with the area; at the bottom of the page you quote I added a link in March 2010 - it would appear that there could be a strong Viking link. So I started looking at the Norse language - Liht in Norse means 'to dye' and Aler as per most other languages of the time means Alder tree. Dyeing Alder trees actually makes much more sense than sparse copse of Alder trees (Alder tends to grow in dense thickets near to water); one of the properties of Alder is that it makes a strong dye. This would give much more of a reason to name the area I think. You will come across Dave Bland's name on the Internet if you are researching our name - Dave has done much more work than I have. Regards Paul Lightowlers
Hi Paul would just like to thank you for getting back to me. good luck with your research Kind regard Shauna
Have come across a George Lightowle?? - not sure of last character(s).He served in the Royal Fusiliers in East Africa in 1915. I have something of his. Contact me on email@example.com if interested. David
Ive being curious as to track my family history, its interesting where the name originates. Although it seems there are many translations for the name. im wondering how many Lightowlers are related. Lightowlers in middle English is a direct translation from Lihtolers (Lihtolres, Lihtalres or Lihtalers) in old English (low saxon). Light (Liht) meaning sparse or not dense, and owlers (olers etc.) meaning Alder trees. In Littleborough in the 13th Century it appears that Lightowlers was the name of an estate and a farm, but the owners were Lihtolres. Which came first the place name or the surname? Are we descendents of Saxons, Normans, Brigantes or Vikings or even Romans?
i also go with the theroy of the name from the light elder tree also from rochdale which i belive belonged to yorkshire not lancshire
Anthony R Lightowler