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

The Anglo-Saxon name Luft comes from when the family 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 Luft surname were dwellers of the loft house.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Luft has been recorded under many different variations, including Loftus, Lofthouse, Loftis, Loftiss, Loftos and others.

First found in Yorkshire 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 Luft research. Another 183 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1620, 1573, 1605, 1619, 1639, 1647, 1691, 1797, 1619 and 1695 are included under the topic Early Luft History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 67 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Luft Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Luft family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 151 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Luft or a variant listed above:

Luft Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Joh Henrich Luft, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Johannes Luft, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1770

Luft Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Jac Luft, aged 24, landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • J Luft, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Anton Luft, who arrived in America in 1850

Luft Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Frederick Luft, who landed in Arkansas in 1901

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  • Lorna Luft (b. 1952), American television, stage, and film actress and singer


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