The ancestry of the name Loftun dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. 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
Therefore the original bearers of the Loftun 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 Loftun family
The surname Loftun 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 Loftun family
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Loftun Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Loftun have been found, including Loftus, Lofthouse, Loftis, Loftiss, Loftos and others.
Early Notables of the Loftun family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Loftun family to Ireland
Some of the Loftun 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 Loftun family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Loftun, or a variant listed above: 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.