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Early Origins of the Loosemoor family

The surname Loosemoor was first found in Devon, at Loosemoor in the Oakford parish within Witheridge Hundred of Devon. Unfortunately, the place name cannot be found today. [1]

The earliest record on the name was found in the Devon Eyre Roll for AD 1238 where Walter Losmer was listed as capturing Robert de Sicca Villa and imprisoned him for the authorities. Almost one hundred years later, the Lay Subsidy returns for Oakford listed Robertus de Losmore in 1327 and Robertus de Losamor in 1332. [2]

This latter entry was a tax entry as he was one of fifteen men in Oakford tithing assessed for tax, from a population of about 300 or so. Such a listing is significant, as he must have been a person of considerable wealth at the time.

Early History of the Loosemoor family

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Loosemoor Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Luxmore, Luxmoore, Luzmore, Loosemoor, Loosemoore, Loosemore and many more.

Early Notables of the Loosemoor family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Loosemore (1616-1681), English builder of pipe organs, best known for his organ at Exeter Cathedral in Devon, completed in 1665. He was born in Barnstaple where he was baptized on 25 August 1616. His father was also a builder and repairer of organs, and passed on the trade to his son John, who moved to Exeter sometime before 1645. "In November 1660 he was paid 5l. by the chapter towards 'the making of a sett of pipes to' the temporary organ used in the cathedral...
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Migration of the Loosemoor family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X) on Facebook