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The name Loftin is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family 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 Loftin surname were dwellers of the loft house. [1]

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The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Loftin has been spelled many different ways, including Loftus, Lofthouse, Loftis, Loftiss, Loftos and others.

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]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Loftin 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 Loftin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 67 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Loftin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Loftin 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.

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Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Loftins to arrive in North America:

Loftin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Loftin, aged 25, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1860

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  • Richard Bowen Loftin (b. 1949), American academic, the 24th American President of Texas A&M University
  • Peter Loftin Peter T. Loftin, American telecom entrepreneur
  • Brian Loftin (b. 1972), retired American soccer forward, former commissioner of the Xtreme Soccer League, member of the US National Team (1996-2000)
  • Scott Marion Loftin (1878-1953), American politician, United States Senator from Florida in 1936
  • Carey Loftin (1914-1997), American actor and stuntman
  • Scott Marion Loftin (1878-1953), American Democrat politician, Member of Florida State House of Representatives, 1903-04; U.S. Senator from Florida, 1936
  • Lester Loftin, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives from Stone County, 1940
  • Frank S. Loftin, American politician, Member of Georgia State Senate 37th District, 1923-24
  • F. B. Loftin, American politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate 11th District, 1883-84
  • E. E. Loftin, American Democrat politician, Member of Tennessee State Senate 20th District, 1947

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  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

  1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  2. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. 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.
  6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  9. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  10. 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.
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The Loftin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Loftin 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.

This page was last modified on 19 January 2016 at 09:32.

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