Louth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Louth family
The surname Louth was first found in Lincolnshire at Louth, a market-town and parish. The ancient Latin name of this town was Luda, from its vicinity to the Lud, a small stream formed by the junction of two rivulets.  By the time of the Domesday Book of 1086, the parish was known as Lude,  and literally meant "Hlude, the loud one, the noisy stream."  The first record of the name was William of Louth (died 1298), a medieval Bishop of Ely. It is generally believed that he was born in Louth, but his lineage in unknown. After the coronation of King Edward I of England, the king appointed him cofferer of the wardrobe, on 18 October 1274. He was elected to the see of Ely on 12 May 1290 and consecrated on 1 October 1290. He was buried in Ely Cathedral. William of Louth's seal, is now kept in the British Museum.
Early History of the Louth family
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Louth Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Louth, Lowth, Lowthe, Louthe, Loutt, Loude, Lude, Loud, Lowde, Lud, Lyde, Loudham and many more.
Early Notables of the Louth family (pre 1700)
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Louth migration to the United States +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Louth Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Louth, who arrived in Virginia in 1690
Louth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Thomas Louth, who settled in Indiana in 1818
- Edward Louth, who arrived in Vermont in 1826
- James Louth, who arrived in Vermont in 1828
- Anna Louth, age 11, who settled in Baltimore in 1831
Contemporary Notables of the name Louth (post 1700) +
- Jack Louth, American contemporary photographer
- Andrew Louth, English Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University, and at Oxford
Related Stories +
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)