Loveless History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Loveless is derived from the Old English word "laweles," which means "lawless" and is ultimately derived from the Old English word "laghles," which means "outlaw." As a surname, Loveless came from a nickname for a person who was an outlaw, or was uncontrolled or unrestrained. The Gaelic form of the surname Loveless is Laighléis.

Early Origins of the Loveless family

The surname Loveless was first found in Glamorganshire (Welsh: Sir Forgannwg), a region of South Wales, anciently part of the Welsh kingdom of Glywysing, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Loveless family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Loveless research. Another 116 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1599, 1564, 1634, 1610, 1626, 1616, 1670, 1618, 1657, 1641, 1693, 1735, 1799, 1789, 1621 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Loveless History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Loveless Spelling Variations

During an investigation of the origin of each name, it was found that church officials and medieval scribes spelled many surnames as they sounded. Therefore, during the lifetime of a single person, a name could be spelt numerous ways. Some of the spelling variations for the name Loveless include Lawless, Lovelace, Lovelass, Loveless and others.

Early Notables of the Loveless family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family up to this time was Richard Lovelace, 1st Baron Lovelace (1564-1634), of Hurley in the County of Berkshire, English MP and peer, High Sheriff of Berkshire (1610) and High Sheriff of Oxfordshire (1626); John Lovelace, 2nd Baron Lovelace (1616-1670), British peer; Richard Lovelace (1618-1657), an English poet in...
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Loveless Ranking

In the United States, the name Loveless is the 3,705th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [1] However, in Newfoundland, Canada, the name Loveless is ranked the 483rd most popular surname with an estimated 98 people with that name. [2]

United States Loveless migration to the United States +

In the 1840s, Ireland experienced a mass exodus to North America due to the Great Potato Famine. These families wanted to escape from hunger and disease that was ravaging their homeland. With the promise of work, freedom and land overseas, the Irish looked upon British North America and the United States as a means of hope and prosperity. Those that survived the journey were able to achieve this through much hard work and perseverance. Early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Loveless:

Loveless Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Loveless, who arrived in Maryland in 1664 [3]
  • Tho Loveless, who landed in Virginia in 1666 [3]
Loveless Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Loveless, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [3]

Canada Loveless migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Loveless Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • George and James Loveless, who settled in London, Ontario, Canada, in 1844

New Zealand Loveless 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:

Loveless Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Loveless, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ashmore" in 1881
  • E. Loveless, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ashmore" in 1881

Contemporary Notables of the name Loveless (post 1700) +

  • Robert Loveless, American politician, Mayor of Grants Pass, Oregon, 1977 [4]
  • Herschel Celiel Loveless (1911-1989), American Democratic Party politician, Mayor of Ottumwa, Iowa, 1949-53; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Iowa 4th District, 1954; Governor of Iowa, 1957-61 [4]
  • David W. Loveless, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1988 [4]
  • Anderson S. Loveless, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1888 [4]
  • Robert Waldorf "Bob" Loveless (1929-2010), American knife maker
  • Patty Loveless (b. 1957), born Patty Lee Ramey, American country music singer, member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1988
  • Herschel Loveless (1911-1989), American politician, the 34th Governor of Iowa, from 1957 to 1961
  • Shane Loveless (b. 1958), former Australian rules footballer
  • Ernie Loveless (b. 1907), Australian rules footballer
  • Lily May Loveless (b. 1990), British actress, best known for her role as Naomi Campbell on the drama Skins

HMS Cornwall
  • William Henry Victor Loveless, British Warrant Office Shipwright aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking [5]

The Loveless 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: Virtute et numine
Motto Translation: By virtue and prudence.

Suggested Readings for the name Loveless +

  • The American Ancestry of Richard Janssen Chalmers Loveless by Richard William Loveless.

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  2. ^ The order of Common Surnames in 1955 in Newfoundland retrieved on 20th October 2021 (retrieved from Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland by E.R. Seary corrected edition ISBN 0-7735-1782-0)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 18) . Retrieved from
  5. ^ Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from on Facebook
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