Show ContentsLoring History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Loring originates in Normandy where records show Henricus Loherene was listed there in 1180. It is derived from the Old French "le Lohereng," meaning "the man from Lorraine." Other records show the fief of Lauraine, Normandy 1180-95. [1]

Early Origins of the Loring family

The surname Loring was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, where Albert de Loraine (Lothariensis) was listed as a Baron in this county and Hereford in 1086. Roger Loering was later listed in Bedfordshire in 1165. Geoffrey le Lohareng was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1158-59 and Dauit le Loreng was listed in the Feet of Fines of Norfolk in 1197. [2]

A few years later, Thomas Loring was listed in the Assize Rolls of Somerset in 1280. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 revealed more listings of the name: Peter de Loring in Bedfordshire; and John le Loring in Oxfordshire. Kirby's Quest, another census a the time of King Edward III (1312 -1377) listed Alice Loring and Emma Loring both in Somerset. [3]

"At Beaworthy, [Devon] a park was made about 1366 by Sir Nigel Loring, one of the first Knights of the Garter." [4]

In the same century, the name was also found in Scotland where Eustace de Lorreyne was a Commissioner, at Berwick on Tweed in 1333. [5] Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's historical novel "Sir Nigel" first chapter is entitled "The House of Loring."

Early History of the Loring family

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Loring Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Loring family name include Loring, Loreing, Lorring, Lorin, Lorrin and others.

Early Notables of the Loring family (pre 1700)

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Loring Ranking

In the United States, the name Loring is the 10,880th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [6]

United States Loring migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Loring family to immigrate North America:

Loring Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Loring, his wife and two sons who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1634
  • Thomas Loring, who arrived in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1636 [7]
  • Robert Loring, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [7]
  • Robert Loring, who settled in Virginia in 1664
  • James Loring, who settled in Virginia in 1682
Loring Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Doct. Loring, who settled in Boston in 1763
  • Israel Loring, who settled in Boston in 1763
Loring Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Loring, who arrived in New York, NY in 1823
  • Col. Loring, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [7]
  • Charles Loring, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [7]
  • J S Loring, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [7]
  • H Loring, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Loring migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Loring Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Loring (post 1700) +

  • Lisa Loring (1958-2023), born Lisa Ann DeCinces, an American actress, best known for her role as a child actress Wednesday Addams at six years old on the 1964–1966 sitcom The Addams Family
  • Charles Morgridge Loring (1833-1922), American businessman, miller and publicist, commissioner and president of the first Minneapolis park board
  • Charles Joseph Loring Jr. (1918-1952), American fighter pilot in the United States Army Air Forces who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions on November 22, 1952
  • Charles Loring (1873-1961), American lawyer and jurist from Minnesota, Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court from January 1944 to July 1953
  • Frances Loring (1887-1968), Canadian (American born) sculptor
  • William Wing Loring (1818-1886), American military officer, general in the Confederate army, officer in Egypt
  • William M. Loring, American politician, First Selectman of Wallingford, Connecticut, 1947 [9]
  • Thomas Loring, American politician, U.S. Collector of Customs, 1874-77 [9]
  • Samuel Loring, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 9th District, 1900 [9]
  • J. M. Loring, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1924 [9]
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Joseph Holland Loring (d. 1912), aged 30, English First Class passenger from London, England who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [10]

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  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  4. ^ Worth, R.N., A History of Devonshire London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, E.G., 1895. Digital
  5. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
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  7. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th November 2020). Retrieved from
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from
  10. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from on Facebook