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Lovejoy is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name. It was a name given to a person who was a person who because of their personal qualities was referred to as Lovejoy. This nickname surname was originally derived from the Old English word lof and the Old French word joie when combined denoted those individuals who were loving and affectionate.

Lovejoy Early Origins



The surname Lovejoy was first found in Kent where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Lovejoy Spelling Variations


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Lovejoy Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Lovejoy has appeared include Lovejoy, Lovejay, Luvjoy and others.

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Lovejoy Early History


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Lovejoy Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lovejoy research. Another 238 words (17 lines of text) covering the year 1207 is included under the topic Early Lovejoy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lovejoy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Lovejoy Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Lovejoy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Lovejoy arrived in North America very early:

Lovejoy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Lovejoy, who landed in Massachusetts in 1633-1634
  • Roger Lovejoy settled in Virginia in 1649

Lovejoy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mark Lovejoy, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Andrew Lovejoy, who arrived in Virginia in 1724
  • William Lovejoy settled in Virginia in 1729

Lovejoy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Lovejoy arrived in New Orleans in 1821
  • C. Lovejoy arrived in San Francisco in 1852

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Contemporary Notables of the name Lovejoy (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Lovejoy (post 1700)



  • Madeline Lovejoy (b. 1998), American actress, known for Bruce Almighty (2003), Barnyard (2006) and Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005)
  • Alexander "Alec" Lovejoy (1893-1946), American actor, known for Murder on Lenox Avenue (1941), Swing! (1938) and Black and Tan (1929)
  • Katie Lovejoy, American Humanitas Prize winning writer
  • Frank Lovejoy (1914-1962), American Primetime Emmy Award nominated film actor, known for his roles in The Adventures of McGraw (1957), House of Wax (1953) and In a Lonely Place (1950)
  • Deirdre Helen Lovejoy (b. 1962), American actress, known for The Wire (2002), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) and Step Up (2006)
  • Arthur Oncken Lovejoy (1873-1962), American philosopher and intellectual historian, former Professor at Johns Hopkins University
  • Asa Lawrence Lovejoy (1808-1882), American pioneer and politician, one of the founders of the city of Portland, Oregon
  • Benjamin N. Lovejoy (b. 1984), American professional NHL ice hockey defenseman
  • Elijah Parish Lovejoy (1802-1837), American Presbyterian minister, journalist, and newspaper editor
  • Donald W. Lovejoy, American politician, Independent Candidate for U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, 1996
  • ... (Another 28 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Lovejoy


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Suggested Readings for the name Lovejoy



  • The Lovejoy Genealogy by Lena Lovejoy Clarke.

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Lovejoy Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    4. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    11. ...

    The Lovejoy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lovejoy Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 1 October 2016 at 17:38.

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