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The Loth surname is derived from a medieval given name of uncertain origins.

Early Origins of the Loth family

The surname Loth was first found in Kent where the Pipe Rolls of 1162 include and entry for Alwin Loth. Over one hundred years later, William Lot was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 in Suffolk. The same rolls included: John Lotte in Norfolk; and Andrew, John Lote in Cambridgeshire. The same John Lotte was listed in the Feet of Fines for Essex in 1317. Richard and William atte Lote were listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1332 and the Subsidy Rolls for Surrey in 1332. "There is no evidence for the early use of the Biblical Lot in England, but the first form may be this in its French form Loth which was common in Brittany." [1]

Another source claims the name is for someone who was a "dweller on the apportioned share of land, i.e., the allotted land" [2] and another claims that it is an Anglo-Saxon name for "lote" meaning "crafty" or perhaps from the Anglo-Saxon "hlot", "a caster of lots, a fortune-teller." [3]

Returning back to the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, we found: Richard filius Lote, Cambridgeshire; Robert Lote, Cambridgeshire; Walter Lotte, Cambridgeshire; William Lot, Suffolk; and John Lotte, Norfolk. [4]

Early History of the Loth family

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Loth Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Lot, Lott, Loth, Lots and others.

Early Notables of the Loth family (pre 1700)

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Loth Ranking

In France, the name Loth is the 6,023rd most popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. [5]

United States Loth migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Loth Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edwin Loth, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [6]
Loth Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Georg Peter Loth, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754 [6]
Loth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Heinr Loth, who landed in North America in 1832-1849 [6]
  • Hrch Loth, aged 24, who arrived in Brazil in 1838 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Loth (post 1700) +

  • Emile de Loth, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Monaco, 1884-1905 [7]
  • John Loth, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 25th District, 1970 [8]
  • F. Percy Loth, American politician, Member of Virginia State Senate 9th District, 1920-21 [8]

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. 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)
  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from
  8. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from on Facebook