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Loftus Family History

Loftus Name Meaning
English (Yorkshire): habitational name from Loftus in Cleveland, Lofthouse in West Yorkshire, or Loftsome in East Yorkshire. All are named from Old Norse lopt ‘loft’, ‘upper storey’ + hús ‘house’, the last being derived from the dative plural form, húsum. Houses built with an upper storey (which was normally used for the storage of produce during the winter) were a considerable rarity among the ordinary people of the Middle Ages.Irish: English surname adopted by certain bearers of the Gaelic surname Ó Lochlainn (see Laughlin) or Ó Lachtnáin (see Lough).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Loftus Families

  • Number of Loftus families
     146 - 289
     49 - 145
     1 - 48
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Loftus families
     256 - 509
     86 - 255
     1 - 85
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Loftus families
     40 - 77
     14 - 39
     1 - 13
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Loftus Family Origin

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Loftus Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Loftus

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Loftus Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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