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Origins of the Lightley surname

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About the Lightleys

We have a total number of 1125 records for people with the last name Lightley.

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Where do most Lightleys live?

In 1921, most Lightleys lived in North East.

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Interesting facts about Lightleys

How common is your surname?

You have a rare surname! It's not in the top 1000 UK surnames!

We have 1,020 records for the Lightley surname. The oldest one dates back to 1905.

Who were Lightleys most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Lightley first names?

  • William
  • John
  • Elizabeth
  • Mary

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Common jobs for Lightleys

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Lightleys in 1921
Dress Maker




Agricultural Labourers Daughter


General Servant




Common Male occupations for Lightleys in 1921
Coal Miner


Coal Miner Hewer


Cycle Repairer


Paper Maker




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