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Light Name Meaning
nickname for a happy, cheerful person, from Middle English lyght, Old English leoht ‘light’ (not dark), ‘bright’, ‘cheerful’.nickname for someone who was busy and active, from Middle English lyght, Old English lioht ‘light’ (not heavy), ‘nimble’, ‘quick’. The two words leoht and lioht were originally distinct, but they were confused in English from an early period.nickname for a small person, from Middle English lite, Old English l¯t ‘little’, influenced by lyght as in 1 and 2.

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

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Name Distribution of Light Families

  • Number of Light families
     208 - 413
     70 - 207
     1 - 69
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Light families
     307 - 612
     103 - 306
     1 - 102
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Light families
     6 - 9
     3 - 5
     1 - 2
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Light Family Origin

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Light Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Light

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Light Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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