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Golightly Family History

Golightly Name Meaning
English: nickname, perhaps for a messenger, from Middle English go(n) ‘to go’ (Old English gan) + lihtly ‘lightly’, ‘swiftly’ (Old English leoht(lic)).Scottish: altered form of a surname of uncertain origin, possibly an unidentified habitational name. The earliest known bearer is William Galithli, who witnessed a charter at the beginning of the 13th century. Henry Gellatly, an illegitimate son of William the Lion, of whom little or nothing is known, was the grandfather of Patric Galythly, one of the pretenders to the crown of Scotland in 1291.Irish: adopted as an English equivalent of Gaelic Mac an Ghallóglaigh ‘son of the galloglass’, Irish gallóglach. A galloglass was a mercenary retainer or auxiliary soldier (a compound of gall ‘foreigner’ (see Gall 1) + óglach ‘youth’, ‘warrior’). The name is also found pseudo-translated as English.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Golightly Families

  • Number of Golightly families
     19 - 36
     7 - 18
     1 - 6
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Golightly families
     229 - 456
     77 - 228
     1 - 76
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Golightly families
     11 - 19
     4 - 10
     1 - 3
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Golightly Family Origin

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Golightly Immigration Information

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Golightly Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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