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The name Loftus is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a 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 Loftus surname were dwellers of the loft house. 
The surname Loftus 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." 
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 Loftus were recorded, including Loftus, Lofthouse, Loftis, Loftiss, Loftos and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Loftus 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 Loftus History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 67 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Loftus Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Loftus 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.
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 Loftus family emigrate to North America:
Loftus Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Fabia Loftus, who landed in Maryland in 1679
- John Loftus arrived in Philadelphia in 1682
- John Loftus, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1683
Loftus Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Biddy Loftus, aged 40, landed in New York, NY in 1848
- Peter Loftus, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1853
- James Loftus, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1854
- John, Michael, Patrick and Thomas Loftus, all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
- J H Loftus, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1875
Loftus Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Biddy and Elen Loftus arrived in Quebec in 1848
Loftus Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- James Loftus, aged 21, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "James Fernie"
Loftus Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Annie Loftus, aged 17, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Osborne" in 1867
- Mathew W. Loftus (1839-1902), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Scranton, Pennsylvania, 1872-75
- Lawrence Loftus, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from East Windsor, 1934
- John T. Loftus, American politician, Mayor of Carbondale, Pennsylvania, 1920
- John J. Loftus, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1912, 1916, 1924, 1928
- James J. Loftus, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 33rd District, 1930
- Hubert J. Loftus, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1972, 1980
- Edgar J. Loftus, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1940
- Daniel Loftus, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2004
- Noel Loftus, American Republican politician, Candidate for Virgin Islands legislature from St. Croix, 2000, 2002
- Patrick H. Loftus, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Massachusetts State Treasurer, 1922
- The Ancestors and Descendants of John Jospeh Loftis and Laura May Wolf(e) by Sandi Loftis Komosinski.
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- Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
- Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
- 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).
- Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
- Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
- Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
- Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
- Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
- Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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