From what little I've seen, the name seems to originally have been germanic, Leitner (the word 'leiten' means 'leader, guide' in german). Someone not knowing german, only english, would have heard 'light' for the german word 'leit'(they sound exactly the same) and I assume that is how the surname Lightner came into being, just the anglicized version of the germanic Leitner. Then again, I could be wrong!
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