Loughton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Loughton has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the village of Lawton which was in both Cheshire and Herefordshire. This place-name was originally derived from the Old English words hlaw tun, which means that the original bearers of the surname lived in the farm that was located on the hill.

Early Origins of the Loughton family

The surname Loughton was first found in Cheshire where the parish named Laughton dates back to at least the Domesday Book where it was listed as Lestone [1]. Church Lawton is a small village and civil parish in Cheshire East and was recorded in the Domesday Book as Lautune. There are at least three other listings of places now named Laughton in the Domesday Book: Lachestone in Leicester, Lastone in Yorkshire and finally Loctone in Lincolnshire. The latter is believed to have been derived from the Old English words "loc" + "tun" and meant "enclosure that can be locked" [2]

The parish of Lowton in Lancashire "gave name to a family who subsequently adopted the surname of Kenyon from their possessions in a neighbouring township." [3]

Lorton is a parish, in the union of Cockermouth, Allerdale ward above Derwent in Cumberland. It comprises two small villages Low Lorton and High Lorton and dates back to c. 1150 when it was known as Loretona. It probably meant "farmstead on a stream called Hlora" from the Viking river name meaning "roaring one" + and the Old English word "tun." [2]

Early History of the Loughton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Loughton research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1660, 1721, 1693, 1670 and 1723 are included under the topic Early Loughton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Loughton Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Loughton have been found, including Lawton, Laughton, Loughmane and others.

Early Notables of the Loughton family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Loughton family to Ireland

Some of the Loughton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Canada Loughton migration to Canada +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Loughton, or a variant listed above:

Loughton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Loughton, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749

Australia Loughton migration to Australia +

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

Loughton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Loughton, aged 27, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Reliance" [4]
  • Thomas Loughton, aged 20, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Oregon" [5]
  • William Loughton, aged 22, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Medina" [6]

New Zealand Loughton 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:

Loughton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Loughton, aged 19, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878

Contemporary Notables of the name Loughton (post 1700) +

  • Michael George "Mick" Loughton (b. 1942), English former professional footballer
  • John Loughton (b. 1987), Scottish political activist and celebrity TV star
  • Alex Michael Loughton (b. 1983), Australian professional basketball player
  • Timothy Paul Loughton FSA (b. 1962), British Conservative Party politician, Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee (2016), Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families (2010-2012)


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RELIANCE 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Reliance.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque OREGON, 521 tons - 1851 voyage to South Australia. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Oregon.htm
  6. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MEDINA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/medina1852.shtml


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