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The origins of the Lofton name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from 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 Lofton surname were dwellers of the loft house. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)


Lofton Early Origins



The surname Lofton 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Lofton Spelling Variations


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Lofton Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Lofton were recorded, including Loftus, Lofthouse, Loftis, Loftiss, Loftos and others.

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Lofton Early History


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Lofton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lofton 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 Lofton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lofton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Lofton Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lofton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lofton In Ireland


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Lofton In Ireland



Some of the Lofton 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Lofton family emigrate to North America:

Lofton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Ike Lofton, who landed in Arkansas in 1896 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Lofton Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Adolph Lofton, who arrived in Arkansas in 1900 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Edwin Lofton, aged 28, who settled in America, in 1910
  • Henry Lofton, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1916
  • Philipp Lofton, who emigrated to the United States, in 1919
  • Jim Lofton, aged 24, who settled in Brookhaven, Miss., in 1922
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Lofton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Lofton (post 1700)



  • Lawrence "Tricky" Lofton (b. 1930), American jazz trombonist
  • James O'Neal Lofton (b. 1974), former American shortstop in Major League Baseball
  • Oscar W. Lofton (b. 1938), former American football player and coach
  • Steve Lofton (b. 1968), former American football cornerback
  • Melanie Lofton (b. 1980), American television reporter and news anchor
  • Saab Lofton, American author, cartoonist and radio personality
  • David Lofton (b. 1984), American football safety
  • John Lofton, American conservative political commentator and editor
  • Curtis Tremayne Lofton (b. 1986), American football linebacker
  • Justin Lofton (b. 1986), American stock car driver
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Lofton Family Crest Products


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Citations


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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)

Other References

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  2. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  4. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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The Lofton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lofton 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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