Lofel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Lofel surname is derived from the Norman French word "lou," meaning "wolf," with the diminutive suffix "el."
Early Origins of the Lofel family
The surname Lofel was first found in Somerset. Robert, Lord of Breherval and Yvery in Normandy is regarded as the progenitor of this family. His father was Eudes, sovereign Duke of Brittany. His is listed in the Roll of Battle Abbey and received from the Conqueror a grant of the Lordships of Kary and Harpetre, in the county of Somerset. He eventually returned to his native Duchy and died a monk in the abbey of Bec, leaving three sons. The eldest, one Ascelin Gouel de Perceval succeeded his father as Lord of Breherval. As a violent man, he acquired the surname "Lupus." In turn his son was surnamed "Lupellus," or little wolf which was softened to "luvel." He had five sons; one of which was Henry, ancestor of Lords Lovel of Kary.  The Lovels of Tichmersh who had summons to Parliament in 1297 were a baronial family of considerable distinction. By example, Sir Richard Lovel was summoned to Parliament from 1348-1350.
Important Dates for the Lofel family
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Lofel Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Lovell, Lowell, Lovel, Leavell, Lowles and others.
Early Notables of the Lofel family (pre 1700)
Notable among the family at this time was Francis Lovell, (1454-c. 1487), friend and supporter of Richard III, made Viscount Lovell on January 4th 1483; he...
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Migration of the Lofel family to Ireland
Some of the Lofel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Lofel family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Robert Lovell, who settled in Massachusetts with his wife and five children in 1635; Phillip Lovell and his wife Elizabeth settled in Barbados in 1635.
- ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.