Loveday History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Loveday is an ancient name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of emigration that followed the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. The name comes from the Old English given name Loveday and the Old English given name Leofdoeg, which is composed of the elements leof, which means dear or beloved, and doeg, which means day. This name was also a nickname for a person who had an association with a loveday which, according to medieval custom, a loveday was a day set aside for reconciliation and settlement of disputes or feuds. Another source claims the name was in fact, Norman "from Loveday, or Loudet [in] Toulouse. William Loveday was a benefactor to the Knights Templars. " [1]

Early Origins of the Loveday family

The surname Loveday was first found in Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire where Walter Loveday and Richard Loveday were listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. In 1297, William Loveday, of Oxfordshire received a writ of military summons. [1]

Years later, Ralph Loveday was listed in the Writs of Parliament of 1331 and Hugo Lofdey was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [2]

Early History of the Loveday family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Loveday research. Another 70 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1513, 1558, 1553, 1554, 1546, 1547, 1555 and 1556 are included under the topic Early Loveday History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Loveday Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Loveday, Loveden, Lovedon and others.

Early Notables of the Loveday family (pre 1700)

Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Loveday Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Loveday Ranking

In the United States, the name Loveday is the 10,197th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]


United States Loveday migration to the United States +

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Loveday or a variant listed above:

Loveday Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Francis Loveday, who settled in Virginia in 1653
  • Fra Loveday, who landed in Virginia in 1653 [4]
  • Tho Loveday, who arrived in Virginia in 1654 [4]
Loveday Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Loveday, who settled in New England in 1772
  • Mary Loveday, who settled in Maryland in 1772
Loveday Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • C. Loveday, aged 34, who immigrated to the United States from London, in 1895
  • D. C. Loveday, aged 85, who landed in America from Southampton, in 1896
Loveday Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ellen Jane Loveday, aged 51, who settled in America from London, in 1903
  • George Arnott Loveday, aged 27, who landed in America from Leeds, in 1903
  • George Reginald Loveday, aged 27, who settled in America from London, in 1904
  • Janet Loveday, aged 38, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1909
  • George R. Loveday, aged 32, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Loveday migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Loveday Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Loveday U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John West], New Brunswick, Canada c. 1784 [5]

Australia Loveday migration to Australia +

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

Loveday Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Loveday, British Convict who was convicted in Hampshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 4th December 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. William Loveday, English convict who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Clyde" on 20th August 1830, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [7]
  • Mr. John Loveday, English convict who was convicted in Norwich, Norfolk, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Captain Cook" on 2nd May 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • Matthew Loveday, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Winchester" in 1838 [9]
  • Sarah Loveday, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ganges" in 1839 [10]

New Zealand Loveday 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:

Loveday Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Henry Loveday, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Timaru" in 1870
  • Miss Elizabeth Loveday, (b. 1827), aged 43, English settler, from Kent travelling from London aboard the ship "Ramsey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 17th June 1870 [11]
  • Laura Loveday, aged 35, a cook, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878

West Indies Loveday migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [12]
Loveday Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Loveday, who settled in Barbados in 1686

Contemporary Notables of the name Loveday (post 1700) +

  • John Loveday (1711-1789), English antiquarian from Caversham, Oxfordshire
  • Francis Loveday (1892-1954), English cricketer who played for Essex between 1921 and 1923
  • Thomas Tudor Loveday (1875-1966), English academic, Principal of Southampton University College (1920-1922) and Vice Chancellor of the University of Bristol (1922-1944)
  • The Rt. Rev. David Goodwin Loveday (1896-1985), English Anglican cleric, Bishop of Dorchester (1957-1972)
  • John Stephen Loveday, British experimental physicist
  • Pete Loveday, British underground cartoonist
  • Alexander Loveday (1888-1962), British economist, known for his work with the League of Nations and later as Warden of Nuffield College, Oxford (1950-1954)
  • Leigh Scott Loveday (b. 1973), Welsh video game writer and designer
  • Gary Edward Loveday (b. 1964), former English cricketer


The Loveday Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Cum prima luce
Motto Translation: When the first


  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 22nd March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/coromandel-and-experiment
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 19th February 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/clyde
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/captain-cook
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WINCHESTER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Winchester.htm
  10. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) GANGES 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Ganges.gif
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  12. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies


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