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Where did the Irish Loveless family come from? When did the Loveless family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Loveless family history?

The surname Loveless is derived from the Old English word "laweles," which means "lawless" and is ultimately derived from the Old English word "laghles," which means "outlaw." As a surname, Loveless came from a nickname for a person who was an outlaw, or was uncontrolled or unrestrained. The Gaelic form of the surname Loveless is Laighléis.

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It was found during an investigation of the origins of the name Loveless that church officials and medieval scribes often spelled the name as it sounded. This practice lead to a single person's being documented under many spelling variations. The name Loveless has existed in the various shapes: Lawless, Lovelace, Lovelass, Loveless and others.

First found in Glamorganshire (Welsh: Sir Forgannwg), a region of South Wales, anciently part of the Welsh kingdom of Glywysing, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Loveless research. Another 231 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1599, 1564, 1634, 1610, 1626, 1616, 1670, 1618, 1657, 1641, 1693, 1735, 1799, 1789, 1621 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Loveless History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 187 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Loveless Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Ireland's Great Potato Famine left the country's inhabitants in extreme poverty and starvation. Many families left their homeland for North America for the promise of work, freedom and land ownership. Although the Irish were not free of economic and racial discrimination in North America, they did contribute greatly to the rapid development of bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Eventually, they would be accepted in other areas such as commerce, education, and the arts. An examination of immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Loveless:

Loveless Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • William Loveless, who arrived in Maryland in 1664
  • Tho Loveless, who landed in Virginia in 1666

Loveless Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Wm Loveless, who landed in Virginia in 1714

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  • Herschel Loveless (1911-1989), American politician, the 34th Governor of Iowa, from 1957 to 1961
  • Patty Loveless (b. 1957), born Patty Lee Ramey, American country music singer, member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1988
  • Robert Waldorf "Bob" Loveless (1929-2010), American knife maker
  • Lily May Loveless (b. 1990), British actress, best known for her role as Naomi Campbell on the drama Skins
  • Ernie Loveless (b. 1907), Australian rules footballer
  • Shane Loveless (b. 1958), former Australian rules footballer


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  • The American Ancestry of Richard Janssen Chalmers Loveless by Richard William Loveless.
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