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Lightfoot Name Meaning

English (mainly northern England especially Cheshire): nickname for a messenger or for a fast runner from Middle English lyght ‘light nimble quick’ (Old English līoht) + fote ‘foot’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Light, Lightbody, Crofoot, Kerfoot, Lighthall, Linscott, Lipford

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Where is the Lightfoot family from?

You can see how Lightfoot families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lightfoot family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lightfoot families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 90 Lightfoot families living in Ontario. This was about 57% of all the recorded Lightfoot's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Lightfoot families in 1911.
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What did your Lightfoot ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Lightfoot. 34% of Lightfoot men worked as a Farmer and 24% of Lightfoot women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lightfoot were Laborer and House. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Painter
  • Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Servant
  • Operator
  • House
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Census Records

There are 98,000 census records available for the last name Lightfoot. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lightfoot census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Lightfoot. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 12,000 military records available for the last name Lightfoot. For the veterans among your Lightfoot ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lightfoot lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Lightfoot life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Lightfoot in 1940 was 40, and 73 in 2004.

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