Loomas History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Loomas is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Loomas family lived in a place named Lomax that was located near Bury in Lancashire. During the Middle Ages, the name was recorded as Lumhalghs, a place-name derived from the Old English words lum which means pool, and halh, which means nook or recess.  
Early Origins of the Loomas family
The surname Loomas was first found in Lancashire where one of the first records of the name was Christopher Lomax of Bury, who was listed there in 1590 in the Wills at Chester (1545-1620.) The same source lists Jeffrey Lomax, of Heap in the same year.  Richard Lumas, Lumax and Geoffrey Lomax were listed in 1602, 1622 and 1642 in The Rolls of Burgesses at the Guilds Merchant of the Borough of Preston. John Lummis was listed in the Hearth Tax Returns for Suffolk in 1674.  The Preston Guild Rolls also list Oliver Lumas in 1602, Oliver Lumax in 1622. Richard Lumas-jur in 1602 and Richard Lumax-jur in 1622. 
Early History of the Loomas family
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Loomas Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Lomax, Lomas, Loomas, Loomis, Lummis, Lummus and others.
Early Notables of the Loomas family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Loomas family to Ireland
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Migration of the Loomas family
To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Loomas or a variant listed above: Thomas Lomax, on record in Maryland in 1664; Blanch Lomax, who settled in Maryland in 1668; William Lomas, who settled in Jamaica in 1774; Lunsford Lomax, who settled in Augusta Co. Virginia in 1758.
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- ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)