Loughyer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The many generations and branches of the Loughyer family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name reveals that an early member worked as a person who was a locksmith.  Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. Occupational names have remained fairly common in the modern period. This is attested to by the continuing appearance of occupational suffixes at the end of many English surnames. Some of these suffixes include: herd, monger, maker, hewer, smith, and wright.
"It is interesting to notice that while Lockyer has predominated over Locksmith in our personal nomenclature, yet locksmith has nearly ousted lockyer as an occupative term." 
Early Origins of the Loughyer family
The surname Loughyer was first found in Somerset, where Kirby's Quest listed some of the first entries for the family: Nicholas le Lokyere; and Lucas le Lokier as both residing there, 1 Edward III (during the first year of Edward III's reign.)  And this tradition continued through the years as the Register of the University of Oxford lists William Lokier from Somerset in 1604. 
London had early records for the family too as the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Henry le Lockier there at that time. 
Early History of the Loughyer family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Loughyer research. Another 65 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1294, 1698, 1771, 1611 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Loughyer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Loughyer Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Loughyer were recorded, including Lockyer, Lockyers, Lockier, Lokier, Locker, Lockweer and many more.
Early Notables of the Loughyer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Loughyer family
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Loughyer family emigrate to North America: George Lockyear, who settled in Virginia in 1663; Thomas Lockyer, who came to Virginia in 1663; and Jacob and Barbara Lockyer, who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1766..
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- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
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- ^ 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.
- ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print