Show ContentsLoudon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Although generally considered to be a Perthshire family, the Loudon surname is a habitational name derived from the place Loudoun near Cunningham in Ayrshire.

Early Origins of the Loudon family

The surname Loudon was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Loudon family

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Loudon Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Lothian, Lowden, Lowdon, Loudoun, Loudon and others.

Early Notables of the Loudon family (pre 1700)

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United States Loudon migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Loudon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Loudon, aged 26, who landed in Georgia in 1812 [1]
  • William Loudon, who arrived in Louisiana in 1850 [1]
  • T J Loudon, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • John Loudon, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • A Loudon, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]

Canada Loudon migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Loudon Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Roger Loudon, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

New Zealand Loudon migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Loudon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Isabella Loudon, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Storm Cloud" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 8th December 1862 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Loudon (post 1700) +

  • John William Loudon (b. 1967), American politician, Member of the Missouri Senate (2000-2008)
  • Dorothy Loudon (1925-2003), American Tony award and Drama Desk Award winning Broadway singer and actress, perhaps best known for her role in Annie
  • Lotus H. Loudon, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 19th District, 1940 [3]
  • James Loudon, American politician, Delegate to Ohio State Constitutional Convention from Brown County, 1850-51 [3]
  • Anna Loudon, American Republican politician, Member of New York Republican State Committee, 1930 [3]
  • Peter Loudon (b. 1966), Scottish two-time gold, silver and bronze medalist curler
  • Chris Loudon (b. 1985), Scottish darts player, ranked 115th, according to the PDC Order of Merit (2010)
  • William James Loudon (1860-1951), Canadian geologist, eponym of Mount Loudon in Banff National Park, Alberta
  • Thomas Richardson Loudon (1883-1968), Canadian silver medalist rower at the 1904 Summer Olympics
  • John Hugo Loudon (1905-1996), Dutch CEO of Royal Dutch Shell from 1951 to 1965
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Loudon Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Non dormit qui custodit
Motto Translation: The sentinel sleeps not.

  1. 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)
  2. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from on Facebook