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Early Origins of the Loader family

The surname Loader was first found in Dorset where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Loders, held by the Count of Mortain, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Early History of the Loader family

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Loader Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Loder, Loders, Lodder, Lodders, Loader, Loaders and others.

Early Notables of the Loader family (pre 1700)

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United States Loader migration to the United States +

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Loader or a variant listed above:

Loader Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Loader, who landed in Maryland in 1642 [2]
  • William Loader, who arrived in Maryland in 1642 [2]

Australia Loader migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Loader Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Loader, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry" in 1849 [3]
  • Mr. William Loader, British convict who was convicted in Manchester, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Cornwall" on 28th February 1851, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [4]
  • Joseph Loader, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Sultana" [5]

New Zealand Loader migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Loader Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Loader, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Loader, aged 31, a labourer, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841 [6]
  • Judith Loader, aged 33, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841 [6]
  • Captain Loader, British settler arriving as Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling aboard the ship "Sir Robert Sale" from Gravesend via Cork arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th October 1847 [7]
  • Daniel Loader, aged 14, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870 [6]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Loader (post 1700) +

  • Jayne Loader (b. 1951), American director and writer, best known as the co-director of The Atomic Cafe (1982)
  • Air Chief Marshal Sir Clive Robert Loader KCB OBE ADC FRAeS RAF (b. 1953), Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicestershire, retired Royal Air Force Officer, the first Commander-in-Chief Air Command
  • Peter James Loader (1929-2011), English cricketer and umpire, active 1951 through 1963
  • Christian David Loader (b. 1973), former Welsh rugby union player
  • Colin James Loader (b. 1931), New Zealand rugby union player
  • Danyon Joseph Loader ONZM (b. 1975), New Zealand five-time gold medalist swimmer, inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2003

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SIR EDWARD PARRY 1849. Retrieved from
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th March 2021). Retrieved from
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SULTANA 1851. Retrieved
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 12th December 2018). Retrieved from
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from on Facebook