Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Loftos is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having 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
Therefore the original bearers of the Loftos surname were dwellers of the loft house. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early Origins of the Loftos family
The surname Loftos 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Loftos family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Loftos 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 Loftos History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Loftos Spelling Variations
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. Loftos has been spelled many different ways, including Loftus, Lofthouse, Loftis, Loftiss, Loftos and others.
Early Notables of the Loftos family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Loftos family to Ireland
Some of the Loftos 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.
Migration of the Loftos family to the New World and Oceana
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 Loftoss to arrive in North America: John Loftis settled in Barbados in 1634; John Lofthouse arrived in Philadelphia in 1878; John Loftus arrived in Philadelphia in 1682; Biddy and Elen Loftus arrived in Quebec in 1848.