Lovatt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Lovatt 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 Lovatt family

The surname Lovatt 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, [1] 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 Lovatt family

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Lovatt Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Louvet, Lovet, Lovett, Lovatt and others.

Early Notables of the Lovatt family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Lovatt family to Ireland

Some of the Lovatt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Lovatt migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lovatt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Phineas Lovatt, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1767
Lovatt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Lovatt, who arrived in New York in 1842
  • Thomas Lovatt, who settled in Aquaforte in 1871
  • Richard Lovatt in Renews in 1871

Canada Lovatt migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lovatt Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

Australia Lovatt migration to Australia +

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

Lovatt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Samuel Lovatt, British convict who was convicted in Lancaster, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 29th September 1831, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Mr. John Lovatt, (b. 1791), aged 42, English ploughman who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Emperor Alexander"on 6th April 1833, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1834 [4]
  • Mr. Charles Lovatt, English convict who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Fairlie" on 14th October 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Mr. John Lovatt, English convict who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Fairlie" on 14th October 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Maria Lovatt, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Angelina" on April 25, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Lovatt (post 1700) +

  • George I. Lovatt Sr. (1872-1958), American architect, best known for his design of numerous Roman Catholic churches
  • Harold Albert "Harry" Lovatt (1905-1984), English footballer
  • Mr. Robert Lovatt, British sheriff, held the joint position of Sheriff of Nottingham, England from 1522 to 1523
  • Mr. Thomas Lovatt, British sheriff, held the joint position of Sheriff of Nottingham, England from 1454 to 1455
  • Mark Lovatt (b. 1971), British road racing cyclist
  • Christine Lovatt (b. 1951), born Mary Christine Evans, an Australian crossword puzzle compiler and co-founder of Lovatts Media Group
  • Stephen Lovatt (b. 1964), New Zealand actor, best known for his role as Max Hoyland on the Australian soap Neighbours


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1831
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th April 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/emperor-alexander
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 21st September 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/fairlie
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Angelina voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 171 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/angelina/1844


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