Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once 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 Lofthus surname were dwellers of the loft house. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early Origins of the Lofthus family
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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Lofthus family
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Lofthus Spelling Variations
spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Lofthus family name include Loftus, Lofthouse, Loftis, Loftiss, Loftos and others.
Early Notables of the Lofthus family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Lofthus family to Ireland
Some of the Lofthus family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Lofthus family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Lofthus surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Lofthus Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Lofthus Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Lofthus (post 1700)
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