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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


Similar surnames: Light, Houghton, Knightly, Slight, Doughty, Keighley, Lightell, Bligh

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Golightly Family Origin

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Golightly Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    45%
  • Farm Laborer

    13%
  • Farming

    8%
  • Keeping House

    6%

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Golightly family was Keeping House. The most common Golightly occupation in the USA was Farmer. 45% of Golightly's were Farmers. Farmer, Farm Laborer and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Golightly.

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