Loftus Family History

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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

Similar surnames: Lofthus, Loft, Lofthouse, Lefton, Loftis, Coutts, Loup, Titus, Moncus

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Loftus Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Loftus name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Loftus. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Italy


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Loftus Family Origin

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Loftus Family Occupations

What did your Loftus ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Loftus family was Miner. The most common Loftus occupation in the USA was Laborer. 22% of Loftus's were Laborers. Laborer, Farmer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Loftus.

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  • Laborer

  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Miner


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Loftus Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 68,000 census records available for the last name Loftus. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Loftus census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Loftus. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 11,000 military records available for the last name Loftus. For the veterans among your Loftus ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Loftus Life Expectancy

What is the average Loftus lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Loftus life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Loftus in 1941 was 41, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Loftus ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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