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The Anglo-Saxon name Luft comes from when the family resided in the village of Lofthouse during the reign of King Alfred in 900 AD. This place-name was originally derived from the Old Norse words lopt meaning loft and hus meaning house. Therefore the original bearers of the Luft surname were dwellers of the loft house. [1]

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The surname Luft was first found in North Yorkshire at Lofthouse, a small village in Nidderdale in the Harrogate district or at Lofthouse, a village in West Yorkshire. "This place, in the Domesday Survey Lochtushum, was granted by the Conqueror to Hugh Lupus, Earl of Chester, who soon afterwards transferred it to the Percy family, of whom William de Percy, the third Baron, in 1133 founded at Handall, in the parish, a priory for Benedictine nuns, which he dedicated to the Virgin Mary." [2]

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Luft has been recorded under many different variations, including Loftus, Lofthouse, Loftis, Loftiss, Loftos and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Luft research. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1620, 1573, 1605, 1619, 1639, 1647 and 1691 are included under the topic Early Luft History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 67 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Luft Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Luft family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 151 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Luft or a variant listed above:

Luft Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Joh Henrich Luft, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Johannes Luft, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1770

Luft Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Jac Luft, aged 24, landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • J Luft, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Anton Luft, who arrived in America in 1850

Luft Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Frederick Luft, who landed in Arkansas in 1901

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  • Stanley J. Luft, American philatelist, awarded the Luff Award
  • Sidney "Sid" Luft (1915-2005), American film producer, third husband of Judy Garland, known for A Star Is Born (1954), Judy Garland's Hollywood (1997) and Kilroy Was Here (1947)
  • Lorna Luft (b. 1952), American Primetime Emmy Award nominated actress and singer, daughter Judy Garland, half-sister of Liza Minnelli, known for Grease 2 (1982), The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 50 Years of Magic (1990) and Loose Women (1999)
  • Donald Richard "Don" Luft (1930-2002), American NFL football defensive end who played for the Philadelphia Eagles during the 1954 NFL season
  • Lya Luft (b. 1938), Brazilian writer and poet
  • Klaus Luft (b. 1941), German businessman, founder and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Artedona
  • Cara Luft (b. 1974), Canadian singer-songwriter, founding member of the Canadian folk trio The Wailin' Jennys
  • Arthur Luft (d. 2009), Manx judge and politician, First Deemster and Clerk of the Rolls and a Member of the Legislative Council of the Isle of Man


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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  3. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  4. 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).
  5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  8. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  9. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
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The Luft Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Luft 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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