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Where did the English Loftis family come from? What is the English Loftis family crest and coat of arms? When did the Loftis family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Loftis family history?

The lineage of the name Loftis begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they 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 Loftis surname were dwellers of the loft house. [1]


Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Loftis has undergone many spelling variations, 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]


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


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


Some of the Loftis 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.


To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Loftis were among those contributors:

Loftis Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Loftis settled in Barbados in 1634
  • John Loftis, aged 21, landed in Barbados in 1634
  • Willi Loftis, who arrived in Virginia in 1642
  • Wm Loftis, who landed in Virginia in 1647
  • Joane Loftis, who arrived in Virginia in 1663

Loftis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Loftis, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1867


  • Robert Geers Loftis, American diplomat, former United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Lesotho
  • Curtis M. Loftis Jr (b. 1958), American politician, businessman and philanthropist, State Treasurer of South Carolina (2011-)


  • The Ancestors and Descendants of John Joseph Loftis and Laura May Wolf(e) by Sandi Loftis Komosinski.

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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. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  2. 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.
  3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  4. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  8. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

The Loftis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Loftis 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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