The Louvet name is derived from the Anglo-Norman French word "louvet," meaning a "wolf cub." It is thought to have originally been a nickname
which came to be a surname.
Early Origins of the Louvet family
The surname Louvet was first found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of lands held by the great Norman Baron
William Louvet who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086 who was also granted lands in Bedford, Northampton
, Worcester and Leicester.
Early History of the Louvet family
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Louvet Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Louvet family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Louvet family to Ireland
Some of the Louvet family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 134 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Louvet family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Gurtred Lovett, who arrived in Virginia in 1635; Ann Lovett, who settled in Virginia in 1652; William Lovet, who came to Maryland in 1674; Elizabeth Lovet, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1682.
Contemporary Notables of the name Louvet (post 1700)
- Jean Louvet (1934-2015), Belgian playwright