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  • How many people with the first name Light have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 34 babies born with the first name Light in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Light? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2008 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Light first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Light is Tuesday, February 7th, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Light born? The highest recorded use of the first name Light was in 2014 with a total of 8 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Light: Your name in reverse order is Thgil. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Higlt. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Light? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 16,769 people with the last name Light.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Light? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 6 of them will have Light as their last name.
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Light U.S.
  White 91.59% 64.26%
  African American 2.77% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.97% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.80% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.44% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.44% 16.26%

Of Last Name Light

People with the last name Light are most frequently White

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Light" mean? The list below shows the origins of Light as well as things modernly associated with the name Light such as celebrities named Light.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Light
  1. That agent, force, or action in nature by the operation of which upon the organs of sight, objects are rendered visible or luminous.
  2. That which furnishes, or is a source of, light, as the sun, a star, a candle, a lighthouse, etc."Then he called for a light, and sprang in." [Acts xvi. 29.]"And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night." [Gen. i. 16.]
  3. The time during which the light of the sun is visible; day; especially, the dawn of day."The murderer, rising with the light, killeth the poor and needy." [Job xxiv. 14.]
  4. The brightness of the eye or eyes."He seemed to find his way without his eyes; For out o'door he went without their helps, And, to the last, bended their light on me." [Shak.]
  5. The medium through which light is admitted, as a window, or window pane; a skylight; in architecture, one of the compartments of a window made by a mullion or mullions."There were windows in three rows, and light was against light in three ranks." [I Kings vii.4.]
  6. Life; existence."O, spring to light, auspicious Babe, be born !" [Pope.]
  7. Open view; a visible state or condition; public observation; publicity."The duke yet would have dark deeds darkly answered; he would never bring them to light." [Shak.]
  8. The power of perception by vision."My strength faileth me; as for the light of my eyes, it also is gone from me." [Ps. xxxviii. 10.]
  9. That which illumines or makes clear to the mind; mental or spiritual illumination; enlightenment; knowledge; information."He shall never know That I had any light of this from thee." [Shak.]
  10. Prosperity; happiness; joy; felicity."Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thy health shall spring forth speedily." [Is. lviii. 8.]
  11. [Paint] The manner in which the light strikes upon a picture; that part of a picture which represents those objects upon which the light is supposed to fall; the more illuminated part of a landscape or other scene; -- opposed to shade. Cf. Chiaroscuro.
  12. Appearance due to the particular facts and circumstances presented to view; point of view; as, to state things fairly and put them in the right light ."Frequent consideration of a thing . . . shows it in its several lights and various ways of appearance." [South.]
  13. One who is conspicuous or noteworthy; a model or example; as, the lights of the age or of antiquity."Joan of Arc, A light of ancient France." [Tennyson.]
  14. [Pyrotech] A firework made by filling a case with a substance which burns brilliantly with a white or colored flame; as, a Bengal light .

Note: Light was regarded formerly as consisting of material particles, or corpuscules, sent off in all directions from luminous bodies, and traversing space, in right lines, with the known velocity of about 186,300 miles per second; but it is now generally understood to consist, not in any actual transmission of particles or substance, but in the propagation of vibrations or undulations in a subtile, elastic medium, or ether, assumed to pervade all space, and to be thus set in vibratory motion by the action of luminous bodies, as the atmosphere is by sonorous bodies. This view of the nature of light is known as the undulatory or wave theory; the other, advocated by Newton (but long since abandoned), as the corpuscular emission, or Newtonian theory. A more recent theory makes light to consist in electrical oscillations, and is known as the electro-magnetic theory of light.

Note: Light is used figuratively to denote that which resembles physical light in any respect, as illuminating, benefiting, enlightening, or enlivening mankind.

Etymology: OE. light liht, AS. leóht; akin to OS. lioht, D. & G. licht, OHG. lioht, Goth. liuhaþ, Icel. ljōs, L. lux light, lucere to shine, Gr. leyko`s white, Skr. ruc to shine. √122. Cf. Lucid Lunar Luminous Lynx

adjective Light
  1. Having light; not dark or obscure; bright; clear; as, the apartment is light .
  2. White or whitish; not intense or very marked; not of a deep shade; moderately colored; as, a light color; a light brown; a light complexion.

Etymology: AS. leóht. See Light (n.)

verb Light
  1. To set fire to; to cause to burn; to set burning; to ignite; to kindle; as, to light a candle or lamp; to light the gas; -- sometimes with up."If a thousand candles be all lighted from one." [Hakewill.]"And the largest lamp is lit." [Macaulay.]"Absence might cure it, or a second mistress Light up another flame, and put out this." [Addison.]
  2. To give light to; to illuminate; to fill with light; to spread over with light; -- often with up."Ah, hopeless, lasting flames! like those that burn To light the dead." [Pope.]"One hundred years ago, to have lit this theater as brilliantly as it is now lighted would have cost, I suppose, fifty pounds." [F. Harrison.]"The sun has set, and Vesper, to supply His absent beams, has lighted up the sky." [Dryden.]
  3. To attend or conduct with a light; to show the way to by means of a light."His bishops lead him forth, and light him on." [Landor.]

Etymology: AS. lȳhtan līhtan, to shine. √122. See Light (n.)

verb Light
  1. To become ignited; to take fire; as, the match will not light .
  2. To be illuminated; to receive light; to brighten; -- with up; as, the room light up very well.
adjective Light
  1. Having little, or comparatively little, weight; not tending to be the center of gravity with force; not heavy."These weights did not exert their natural gravity, . . . insomuch that I could not guess which was light or heavy whilst I held them in my hand." [Addison.]
  2. Not burdensome; easy to be lifted, borne, or carried by physical strength; as, a light burden, or load."Ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." [Matt. xi. 29, 30.]
  3. Easy to be endured or performed; not severe; not difficult; as, a light affliction or task." Light sufferings give us leisure to complain." [Dryden.]
  4. Easy to be digested; not oppressive to the stomach; as, light food; also, containing little nutriment.
  5. Not heavily armed; armed with light weapons; as, light troops; a troop of light horse.
  6. Not encumbered; unembarrassed; clear of impediments; hence, active; nimble; swift."Unmarried men are best friends, best masters . . . but not always best subjects, for they are light to run away." [Bacon.]
  7. Not heavily burdened; not deeply laden; not sufficiently ballasted; as, the ship returned light .
  8. Slight; not important; as, a light error.
  9. Well leavened; not heavy; as, light bread.
  10. Not copious or heavy; not dense; not inconsiderable; as, a light rain; a light snow; light vapors.
  11. Not strong or violent; moderate; as, a light wind.
  12. Not pressing heavily or hard upon; hence, having an easy, graceful manner; delicate; as, a light touch; a light style of execution.
  13. Easy to admit influence; inconsiderate; easily influenced by trifling considerations; unsteady; unsettled; volatile; as, a light, vain person; a light mind. "There is no greater argument of a light and inconsiderate person than profanely to scoff at religion." [Tillotson.]
  14. Indulging in, or inclined to, levity; wanting dignity or solemnity; trifling; gay; frivolous; airy; unsubstantial."Seneca can not be too heavy, nor Plautus too light." [Shak.]"Specimens of New England humor laboriously light and lamentably mirthful." [Hawthorne.]
  15. Not quite sound or normal; somewhat impaired or deranged; dizzy; giddy."Are his wits safe? Is he not light of brain ?" [Shak.]
  16. Easily bestowed; inconsiderately rendered."To a fair semblance doth light faith annex." [Spenser.]
  17. Wanton; unchaste; as, a woman of light character."A light wife doth make a heavy husband." [Shak.]
  18. Not of the legal, standard, or usual weight; clipped; diminished; as, light coin.
  19. Loose; sandy; easily pulverized; as, a light soil.

Etymology: OE. light liht, AS. līht leóht; akin to D. ligt, G. leicht, OHG. līhti, Icel. lēttr, Dan. let, Sw. lätt, Goth. leihts, and perh. to L. leviscf. Levity), Gr. 'elachy`s small, Skr. laghu light. √125

adverb Light
Lightly; cheaply.
verb Light
To lighten; to ease of a burden; to take off.

Etymology: See Light not heavy, and cf. Light to alight, and Lighten to make less heavy

verb Light
  1. To dismount; to descend, as from a horse or carriage; to alight; -- with from off on upon at in."When she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel." [Gen. xxiv. 64.]"Slowly rode across a withered heath, And lighted at a ruined inn." [Tennyson.]
  2. To feel light; to be made happy.(Obs)"It made all their hearts to light." [Chaucer.]
  3. To descend from flight, and rest, perch, or settle, as a bird or insect."The bee lights on that, and this, and tasteth all." [Sir. J. Davies.]"On the tree tops a crested peacock lit." [Tennyson.]
  4. To come down suddenly and forcibly; to fall; -- with on or upon."On me, me only, as the source and spring Of all corruption, all the blame lights due." [Milton.]
  5. To come by chance; to happen; -- with on or upon; formerly with into."The several degrees of vision, which the assistance of glasses (casually at first lit on) has taught us to conceive." [Locke.]"They shall light into atheistical company." [South.]"And here we lit on Aunt Elizabeth, And Lilia with the rest." [Tennyson.]

Etymology: AS. līhtan to alight orig., to relieve (a horse) of the rider's burden, to make less heavy, fr. līht light. See Light not heavy, and cf. Alight Lighten to make light

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Any device serving as a source of illumination ("he stopped the car and turned off the lights")
  2. A device for lighting or igniting fuel or charges or fires ("do you have a light?")
  3. The visual effect of illumination on objects or scenes as created in pictures ("he could paint the lightest light and the darkest dark")
  4. Merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance
  5. The quality of being luminous; emitting or reflecting light
  6. Public awareness ("it brought the scandal to light")
  7. Mental understanding as an enlightening experience ("he finally saw the light" and "can you shed light on this problem?")
  8. A particular perspective or aspect of a situation ("although he saw it in a different light, he still did not understand")
  9. A visual warning signal ("they saw the light of the beacon" and "there was a light at every corner")
  10. An illuminated area ("he stepped into the light")
  11. A divine presence believed by Quakers to enlighten and guide the soul
  12. A person regarded very fondly ("the light of my life")
  13. (physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation ("the light was filtered through a soft glass window")
  14. Having abundant light or illumination ("they played as long as it was light" and "as long as the lighting was good")
  15. A condition of spiritual awareness; divine illumination ("follow God's light")
  16. Make lighter or brighter ("This lamp lightens the room a bit")
  17. Start or maintain a fire in
  18. Begin to smoke
  19. Alight from (a horse)
  20. To come to rest, settle ("Misfortune lighted upon him")
  21. Fall to somebody by assignment or lot
  22. Cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat ("Light a cigarette")
  23. Characterized by or emitting light ("a room that is light when the shutters are open" and "the inside of the house was airy and light")
  24. Casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior ("he was told to avoid loose (or light) women")
  25. (used of color) having a relatively small amount of coloring agent ("light blue", "light colors such as pastels", and "a light-colored powder")
  26. (used of soil) loose and large-grained in consistency ("light soil")
  27. (of sleep) easily disturbed ("in a light doze" and "a light sleeper")
  28. Demanding little effort; not burdensome ("light housework" and "light exercise")
  29. Having relatively few calories ("light (or lite) beer" and "lite (or light) mayonnaise")
  30. Easily assimilated in the alimentary canal; not rich or heavily seasoned ("a light diet")
  31. Of comparatively little physical weight or density ("a light load" and "magnesium is a light metal--having a specific gravity of 1.74 at 20 degrees C")
  32. Designed for ease of movement or to carry little weight ("light aircraft" and "a light truck")
  33. Psychologically light; especially free from sadness or troubles ("a light heart")
  34. Not great in degree or quantity or number ("a light sentence", "a light accent", "casualties were light", "light snow was falling", "light misty rain", and "light smoke from the chimney")
  35. (physics, chemistry) not having atomic weight greater than average ("light water is ordinary water")
  36. Of little intensity or power or force ("the light touch of her fingers" and "a light breeze")
  37. Moving easily and quickly; nimble ("the dancer was light and graceful", "a lightsome buoyant step", and "walked with a light tripping step")
  38. Of the military or industry; using (or being) relatively small or light arms or equipment ("light infantry", "light cavalry", "light industry", and "light weapons")
  39. (of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims ("a light lilting voice like a silver bell")
  40. Silly or trivial ("light banter" and "light idle chatter")
  41. Intended primarily as entertainment; not serious or profound ("light verse" and "a light comedy")
  42. Having little importance ("losing his job was no light matter")
  43. (used of vowels or syllables) pronounced with little or no stress ("a syllable that ends in a short vowel is a light syllable")
  44. Less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so ("a light pound")
  45. Marked by temperance in indulgence ("a light eater", "a light smoker", and "ate a light supper")
  46. Very thin and insubstantial ("light summer dresses")
  47. Weak and likely to lose consciousness ("felt light in the head", "light-headed with wine", and "light-headed from lack of sleep")
  48. With few burdens ("experienced travellers travel light")
  1. A surname​.
  2. An unincorporated community located in Greene County, Arkansas, United States.

Other Inspirations for the Name Light

Light In The Box
Light Rail
Light The Night
Light Year
Light Em Up
Light Fixtures
Light Headed
Light My Fire
Light Pollution Map

What does the name Light mean?

Lis for luxury, the luxury of your smile.

Iis for instill, the lesson of life.

Gis for grand, the life you will live.

His for hopeful, you see the bright side of things

Tis for treat, that you always are.

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