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The surname Loving was first found in Kent where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. The family are believed to originally of Lovergne near Calais, branched to Brabant, and thence to Kent in England. Jovelyn Louvaine was brother of Queen Adeliza, second wife of King Henry 1st. Jocelyn's father was Godfrey Barbatus, Duke of Lorraine and Count of Brabant who was descended from Charlemagne. He received as a wedding gift from Adeliza of the honor of Petworth in Sussex which held 21 knights' fees. He also received many other domains throughout the southern counties and married into the distinguished Percys of the north by his marriage to Agnes de Percy.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Lovaine, Lovayne, Loverne, Loving, Luving, Lovings, Luvayn, Luvayne, Loveyn, Loveyne, Lovaigne, Louverne, Lavainge, Lavayne, Louvaine, Louvayne and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Loving research. Another 250 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1137, 1510, and 1600 are included under the topic Early Loving History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Loving Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • A Loving, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850

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  • Susan Brimer Loving, American lawyer, Oklahoma's first female Attorney General
  • Candis "Candy" Loving (b. 1956), American model
  • "Cockeyed" Frank Loving (1860-1882), American Old West gambler and gunman
  • Oliver Loving (1812-1867), American cattle rancher and pioneer, co-eponym of the Goodnight-Loving Trail, and eponym of Loving County, Texas
  • William C. III Loving, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 3rd District, 1960
  • Charles N. Loving, American Democrat politician, Member of Virginia State House of Delegates, 1950
  • Mr. David William John Llewellyn Loving (b. 1914), British Electrical Artificer 4th Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking, died of wounds received the day after


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  • The Loving Family in America by Carl Read.
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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  9. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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The Loving Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Loving 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.

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