Lightner Family History

14-Day Free Trial


Lightner Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of German Leitner. Americanized spelling of German Lichtner, a habitational name from any of various places called Lichten or Lichtenau in southern Germany and Austria.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Lighter, Lindner, Lichter, Rittner, Righter, Lightle, Wittner

Ready to discover your family story?

Simply start with yourself and we'll do the searching for you.

Lightner Family Origin

Where is the Lightner family from?

Lightner Family Occupations

What did your Lightner ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Lightner. 13% of Lightner men worked as a Laborer and 6% of Lightner women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lightner were Truck Driver and Housework

View Census data for Lightner | Data not to scale

United States shown, England data unavailable

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Maid
  • Housework

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

Lightner Historical Records

What Lightner family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 24,000 census records available for the last name Lightner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lightner census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search 1891 UK census records for Lightner

Passenger List

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Lightner. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

View all Lightner immigration records

Draft Card

There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Lightner. For the veterans among your Lightner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Lightner military records

You've only scratched the surface of Lightner family history.

Lightner Life Expectancy

What is the average Lightner lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Lightner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Lightner in 1942 was 51, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Lightner

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Lightner ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

Famous Lightner Family Ancestors

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in your family tree

Famous ancestors img
Look up another name