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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.

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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 Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Loftis research. Another 183 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1620, 1573, 1605, 1619, 1639, 1647, 1691, 1797, 1619 and 1695 are included under the topic Early Loftis 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 Loftis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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.

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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

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


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

This page was last modified on 9 June 2015 at 15:36.

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