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

The surname Lovelace 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, Lovelace came from a nickname for a person who was an outlaw, or was uncontrolled or unrestrained. The Gaelic form of the surname Lovelace is Laighléis.

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Church officials and medieval scribes often spelled early surnames as they sounded. This practice often resulted in many spelling variations of even a single name. Early versions of the name Lovelace included: 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 Lovelace 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 Lovelace 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 Lovelace Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Ireland experienced a dramatic decrease in its population during the 19th century. This was in a great measure, a response to England's imperialistic policies. Hunger and disease took the lives of many Irish people and many more chose to leave their homeland to escape the horrific conditions. North America with its promise of work, freedom, and land was an extremely popular destination for Irish families. For those families that survived the journey, all three of these things were often attained through much hard work and perseverance. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Lovelace:

Lovelace Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Francis Lovelace, who arrived in Virginia in 1651

Lovelace Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Edward Lovelace settled in New England in 1764
  • Thos Lovelace, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798
  • John, Lovelace Sr., who arrived in Mississippi in 1798

Lovelace Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Louiza Lovelace, aged 24, landed in New York in 1854
  • Geo Lovelace, aged 25, landed in New York in 1854

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  • Alan M. Lovelace (b. 1929), Deputy Administrator of NASA from 1976 to 1981
  • William Randolph Lovelace II (1907-1965), American physician appointed NASA’s Director of Space Medicine in 1964, eponym of the Lovelace lunar crater
  • David Lovelace (b. 1970), American animator and musician
  • Maud Hart Lovelace (1892-1980), American author
  • Linda Lovelace (1949-2002), born Linda Susan Boreman, American pornographic actress and later bacame a spokeswoman for the anti-pornography movement
  • Ada Lovelace (1815-1852), comon name of Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, English mathematician and writer
  • Earl Lovelace (b. 1935), Trinidadian novelist, journalist, playwright, and short story writer
  • John Lovelace (d. 1709), 4th Baron Lovelace
  • John Lovelace (d. 1709), 5th Baron Lovelace
  • Nevill Lovelace (1708-1736), 6th Baron Lovelace


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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: Virtute et numine
Motto Translation: By virtue and prudence.

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