Lofthus is a name of ancient 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
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
The surname Lofthus 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Lofthus family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lofthus 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 Lofthus History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Lofthus Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, 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.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.
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
- Halor Lofthus, originally from Liverpool, who arrived in New York in 1892 aboard the ship "Britannic" from Liverpool & Queenstown CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6RD-126 : 6 December 2014), Halor Lofthus, 09 Jul 1892; citing departure port Liverpool & Queenstown, arrival port New York, ship name Britannic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Lofthus Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Hans Lofthus, aged 38, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Conrad Mohr" from Kristiania, Norway CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J674-5WY : 6 December 2014), Hans Lofthus, 29 Apr 1919; citing departure port Kristiania, Norway, arrival port New York, ship name Conrad Mohr, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Contemporary Notables of the name Lofthus (post 1700)
- Torstein Lofthus (b. 1977), Norwegian drummer and composer
- Herbrand Lofthus (1889-1972), Norwegian wrestler at the 1912 Summer Olympics
- Anne Lofthus Valla (1932-2003), Norwegian ceramic artist and art teacher