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Where did the English Loften family come from? What is the English Loften family crest and coat of arms? When did the Loften family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Loften family history?The Anglo-Saxon name Loften comes from the family having resided in the village of Lofthouse during the reign of King Alfred in 900 AD. This place-name was originally derived from the Old Norse words lopt meaning loft and hus meaning house. Therefore the original bearers of the Loften surname were dwellers of the loft house.
Loften has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Loftus, Lofthouse, Loftis, Loftiss, Loftos and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Loften research. Another 277 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1573, 1605, 1619, 1620, and 1639 are included under the topic Early Loften History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 27 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Loften Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Loften family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 120 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Loftens to arrive on North American shores: John Loftis settled in Barbados in 1634; John Lofthouse arrived in Philadelphia in 1878; John Loftus arrived in Philadelphia in 1682; Biddy and Elen Loftus arrived in Quebec in 1848.
The Loften Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Loften Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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