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Where did the English Lovell family come from? What is the English Lovell family crest and coat of arms? When did the Lovell family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Lovell family history?

The Lovell surname is derived from the Norman French word "lou," meaning "wolf," with the diminutive suffix "el."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Lovell, Lowell, Lovel, Leavell, Lowles and others.

First found in Somerset, where they held a family seat from the time of the Norman Conquest. It is said that a Ralph Lovel, second son of William De Perceval, Earl of Yvery, Normandy assumed the name, and was the first to use it. His ancestor, Sir Richard Lovel was summoned to Parliament from 1348-1350.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lovell research. Another 211 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1454, 1487, 1483, 1631 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Lovell History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 87 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lovell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Lovell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 51 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lovell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Phillipp Lovell, aged 34, landed in Barbados in 1635
  • Robert Lovell, who arrived in New England in 1635
  • Robt Lovell, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Winifred Lovell, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Elizabeth Lovell, who landed in Maryland in 1650-1663


Lovell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • James Lovell, who landed in Antigua (Antego) in 1756

Lovell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • William Lovell, who landed in America in 1801-1802
  • W A Lovell, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • M Lovell, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855

Lovell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • John Lovell, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778

Lovell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • James Lovell, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Jane Lovell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1846
  • Esther Lovell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1846
  • Mary Lovell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1848
  • Charles Lovell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry" in 1849


Lovell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William Lovell, aged 23, a farmer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • Napoleon Lovell, aged 28, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "John Wickliffe" in 1848
  • Emily Lovell, aged 28, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "John Wickliffe" in 1848
  • Joseph Lovell arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • Sarah Lovell arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863


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  • James Arthur "Jim" Lovell Jr. (b. 1928), former NASA astronaut, most famous as the commander of Apollo 13, the mission that suffered an explosion enroute to the Moon but safely returned
  • Dr. Joseph Lovell (1788-1836), 8th Surgeon General of the United States Army
  • Sir Alfred Charles Bernard Lovell OBE, FRS (b. 1913), English physicist and radio astronomer, first Director of Jodrell Bank Observatory
  • Mr. John Hall "Henry" Lovell (d. 1912), aged 20, English Third Class passenger from Northlew, Devon who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. John Lovell (d. 1912), aged 38, English Grill Cook from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mark Lovell (1960-2003), British rally driver who won the 1986 British Rally Championship


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  • The Genealogy of the James W. Lovell Family by Marshall Wilson Lovell.
  • The Lovewell (also Lovell) Family by Gloria G. Lovewell.
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The Lovell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lovell 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 8 January 2015 at 12:49.

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