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Re: origin of the name Lightner
Posted by: p sue barr (ID *****7566) Date: July 07, 2007 at 14:21:58
In Reply to: origin of the name Lightner by C. Kinkaid of 513

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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