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Early Origins of the Lovegrove family

The surname Lovegrove was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Bodmin. Cornwall was a land set apart, a land of mystique and quaint customs, more strongly related to Brittany and Wales than to England. It was not until the 10th century that they submitted to the Saxon rule of England. Since then, their influence has moved east into Devon, Somerset and Dorset. This ancient surname has been misinterpreted in many forms from the ancient Cornish dialect.

Early History of the Lovegrove family

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Lovegrove Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Luggar, Luggard, Loveguard, Lugard, Lovegood, Lovegrove and many more.

Early Notables of the Lovegrove family (pre 1700)

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Canada Lovegrove migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lovegrove Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Sarah Lovegrove, who arrived in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

New Zealand Lovegrove 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:

  • George F. Lovegrove, aged 19, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" between 1841 and 1850

Contemporary Notables of the name Lovegrove (post 1700) +

  • Suzi Lovegrove (1955-1987), American-born woman whose battle with AIDS was chronicled in the television documentary Suzi's Story, wife of Vince Lovegrove
  • Paul Lovegrove, American politician
  • Fred Lovegrove (1939-2013), American politician who served in the Connecticut State Senate
  • Paul Lovegrove, American politician, Mayor of Flint, Michigan, (1950-1952) [1]
  • Mark Lovegrove, English filmmaker and music composer, awarded an Excellence in Music & Sound award in 2003 and the AGS Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010
  • Vince Lovegrove (1948-2012), Australian journalist, music manager and television producer, former member of The Valentines in the 1960s
  • Stephen Augustus Lovegrove CB (b. 1966), British civil servant, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence (2016-)
  • Ross Lovegrove (b. 1958), Welsh artist and industrial designer
  • Rhys Lovegrove (b. 1987), Australian rugby league footballer
  • James Lovegrove (b. 1965), British writer of speculative fiction
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Herbert E Lovegrove (b. 1917), English Leading Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking [2]

  1. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, April 22) . Retrieved from
  2. H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook