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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. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)


Lofthouse Early Origins



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." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Lofthouse Spelling Variations


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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.

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Lofthouse Early History


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Lofthouse Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lofthouse 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 Lofthouse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lofthouse Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Lofthouse Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lofthouse Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lofthouse In Ireland


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Lofthouse In Ireland



Some of the Lofthouse 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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

  • Margarett Lofthouse, who landed in Maryland in 1678

Lofthouse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Lofthouse, who arrived in Indiana in 1852
  • John Lofthouse arrived in Philadelphia in 1878
  • I. Lofthouse, aged 29, who landed in America from England, in 1892
  • Horace Lofthouse, aged 3, who emigrated to America, in 1893

Lofthouse Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Sarah H. Lofthouse, aged 33, who landed in America from Radcliffe, England in 1903
  • Haydel Lofthouse, aged 24, who landed in America from London, in 1905
  • Elizabeth Lofthouse, aged 39, who settled in America from Bradford, England in 1906
  • Annie Lofthouse, aged 16, who landed in America from Bradford, England in 1906
  • Stanley Lofthouse, aged 11, who emigrated to the United States from Bradford, England in 1906
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Lofthouse Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • H Lofthouse, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

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Contemporary Notables of the name Lofthouse (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Lofthouse (post 1700)



  • James Lofthouse, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 16th District, 1922, 1924
  • James Lofthouse (b. 1886), English footballer
  • Joseph Morris "Joe" Lofthouse (1865-1919), English footballer
  • Nathaniel "Nat" Lofthouse OBE (1925-2011), English professional footballer
  • Joseph Lofthouse Jr. (1880-1962), Canadian Anglican bishop
  • Reverend Joseph J. Lofthouse Sr. (1855-1933), Canadian Anglican bishop of Keewatin in the late 1800's
  • Andrew Lofthouse, Australian television and radio newsreader in Brisbane
  • Mark Allen Lofthouse (b. 1957), former Canadian WHA and NHL ice hockey player
  • Geoffrey "Geoff" Lofthouse JP (b. 1925), Baron Lofthouse of Pontefract, British Labour politician

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Citations


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Citations



  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

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  2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  3. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. 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).
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  9. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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The Lofthouse Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lofthouse 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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