Lithgow (surname)

Lithgow (surname)

Lithgow is a surname originating from Scottish as a habitational name from Linlithgow, between Edinburgh and Falkirk, which was probably named with British words related to modern Welsh "llyn" ‘lake’, ‘pool’ + "llaith" ‘damp’ + "cau" ‘hollow’.In the 13th and 14th centuries the name appears both with and without the first syllable. Originally, Lithgow was the name of the settlement and Linlithgow that of the lake. Lithgow was associated by folk etymology with Gaelic "liath" ‘gray’ + "cu" ‘dog’, and such a figure appears on the medieval borough seal.

It may refer to:

People

*Alex Lithgow (1870-1929), composer (marches)/musician/conductor, a Tasmanian Australian, formerley of Invercargill New Zealand)
*James S. Lithgow (1812-1902), sixteenth mayor of Louisville, Kentucky
*Sir James Lithgow, 1st Baronet (1883-1952), Scottish industrialist
*John Lithgow (b.1945), an American actor
*William Lithgow (Auditor General of New South Wales) (b.1784), for whom Lithgow, New South Wales was named
*William Lithgow (traveller and author) (1582-1645), Scot author
*William Lithgow (shipbuilder) (1854-1908), Scot shipbuilder
*William Lithgow (industrialist) (b.1934), Scot industrialist


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