Light Family History

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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

Similar surnames: Slight, Knight, Wight, Licht, Bright, Leicht, Hight, High, Lucht

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Light Family Origin

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Light Family Occupations

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In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Light. 17% of Light men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Light women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Light were Carpenter and Housewife

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
  • Housewife

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

Light Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 135,000 census records available for the last name Light. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Light census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Light. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 48,000 military records available for the last name Light. For the veterans among your Light ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Light Life Expectancy

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Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Light life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Light in 1941 was 68, and 72 in 2004.

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