Lofthouse History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Lofthouse first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having 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 Lofthouse surname were dwellers of the loft house. 
Early Origins of the Lofthouse family
The surname Lofthouse 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." 
Early History of the Lofthouse family
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Lofthouse Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Lofthouse has appeared include Loftus, Lofthouse, Loftis, Loftiss, Loftos and others.
Early Notables of the Lofthouse family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Lofthouse family to Ireland
Some of the Lofthouse family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Lofthouse arrived in North America very early:
Lofthouse Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Lofthouse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Lofthouse Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Lofthouse Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Lofthouse Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century