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The ancestors of the Loftis surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived 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 Loftis surname were dwellers of the loft house. [1]

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The surname Loftis was first found in North Yorkshire at Lofthouse, a small village in Nidderdale in the Harrogate district or at Lofthouse, a village in West Yorkshire. "This place, in the Domesday Survey Lochtushum, was granted by the Conqueror to Hugh Lupus, Earl of Chester, who soon afterwards transferred it to the Percy family, of whom William de Percy, the third Baron, in 1133 founded at Handall, in the parish, a priory for Benedictine nuns, which he dedicated to the Virgin Mary." [2]

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Loftis include Loftus, Lofthouse, Loftis, Loftiss, Loftos and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Loftis research. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1620, 1573, 1605, 1619, 1639, 1647 and 1691 are included under the topic Early Loftis 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 Loftis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Loftis 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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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Loftis Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Loftis settled in Barbados in 1634
  • John Loftis, aged 21, landed in Barbados in 1634
  • Willi Loftis, who arrived in Virginia in 1642
  • Wm Loftis, who landed in Virginia in 1647
  • Joane Loftis, who arrived in Virginia in 1663


Loftis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Loftis, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1867

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  • Robert Geers Loftis, American diplomat, former United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Lesotho
  • Curtis M. Loftis Jr (b. 1958), American politician, businessman and philanthropist, State Treasurer of South Carolina (2011-)
  • Robert Geers Loftis (b. 1956), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Lesotho, 2001
  • Jim J. Loftis, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Frederick, Oklahoma, 1959-90


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  • The Ancestors and Descendants of John Joseph Loftis and Laura May Wolf(e) by Sandi Loftis Komosinski.
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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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