Loftis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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]

Early Origins of the Loftis family

The surname Loftis 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." [2]

Important Dates for the Loftis family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Loftis research. Another 68 words (5 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 and printed products wherever possible.

Loftis Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Loftis family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Loftis family to Ireland

Some of the Loftis family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Loftis migration to the United States

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, who settled in Barbados in 1634
  • John Loftis, aged 21, who landed in Barbados in 1634 [3]
  • Willi Loftis, who arrived in Virginia in 1642 [3]
  • William Loftis, who landed in Virginia in 1647 [3]
  • Joane Loftis, who arrived in Virginia in 1663 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Loftis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Loftis, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1867 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Loftis (post 1700)

  • 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-)
  • Robert Geers Loftis (b. 1956), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Lesotho, 2001 [4]
  • Jim J. Loftis, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Frederick, Oklahoma, 1959-90 [4]

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Citations

  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.
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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