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Origins Available: English, Scottish

Where did the Scottish Louthian family come from? What is the Scottish Louthian family crest and coat of arms? When did the Louthian family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Louthian family history?

Although generally considered to be a Perthshire family, the Louthian surname is a habitational name derived from the place Loudoun near Cunningham in Ayrshire.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Lothian, Lowden, Lowdon, Loudoun, Loudon and others.

First found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, 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 Louthian research. Another 209 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1727 and 1813 are included under the topic Early Louthian History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 33 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Louthian Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Louthian Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John B Louthian, who arrived in Colorado in 1881

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Non dormit qui custodit
Motto Translation: The sentinel sleeps not.

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The Louthian Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Louthian 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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