Lofthouse Surname Genealogy
Yorkshire, in present-day Cleveland, in Nedderdale in the Yorshire
Dales, or near Wakefield in West Yorkshire. One suggested root
for this word is lotht,
meaning “upper floor” and hus
or “house.” Another is the opposite, laughthus or “low house.”
Lofthouse Resources on
- The Lofthouse Family in Grewelthorpe. Lofthouses in
Grewelthorpe near Ripon in North Yorkshire.
- Lofthouse of Fleetwood. Lofthouse and Fisherman’s Friend.
Victorian censuses showed that 60 percent of the Lofthouses
Yorkshire and 30 percent in Lancashire. Yorkshire still
predominates. But Lofthouse is more thought of as a Lancashire
name, perhaps because of the fame of the Bolton and England footballer Nat Lofthouse.
1273 it was recorded that Robert Lofthouse, having established himself
at Swineshead in north Yorkshire, was lord of the manor of
Lofthouse. Edward Lofthouse was bailiff to the Abbot of
Coverham. The family later shortened their name to Loftus.
The village also became Loftus, although not officially until the
1890’s. The surname Lofthouse was then still to be found locally
the villages of Carlton Highdale and Skelton-in-Cleveland.
Lofthouse of Bedale appeared in court records in 1450.
A cluster of Lofthouses have been recorded at Grewelthorpe near Ripon
from the 1720’s. In the late 1800’s Henry Lofthouse of
Grewelthorpe made cream cheese from the product of nearby farms.
It was said that he would set off in his light spring cart at four
o’clock in the morning to Ripon to catch the first train for Leeds and
London. Other Lofthouses were to be found at Dallowgill
Kirkby Malzeard, Catterton near
Tadcastle, and Sinderby near Thirsk.
There was a Lofthouse colliery from the 1870’s at Lofthouse near
Wakefield. One hundred years later, it was the site of a
fatal mining disaster.
Lofthouse family dates from the 1780’s at Goosnargh near
Preston. Lofthouses in the 19th century included:
- James Lofthouse who was a pharmacist in Fleetwood who
devised his Fisherman’s Friend lozenge
in 1865 for the fishermen of the town.
- another James Lofthouse,
born in Clitheroe but from Yorkshire roots, who became a Mormon and set
for Salt Lake City in
- and Joe Lofthouse who was a Blackburn footballer who played for
England in 1885.
A later Blackburn resident was the local
Lofthouse. Nat Lofthouse, the Lion of Vienna, was born
in Bolton in 1925, the son of the head horsekeeper of Bolton
Corporation, someone who deliveried coal with a horse and cart.
His uncle Joshua Lofthouse emigrated to Australia.
Select Lofthouse Miscellany
If you would like to read more, click on the miscellany page for
further stories and accounts:
The Rev. Adam Loftus from
Lofthouse in north Yorkshire became Archbishop of Dublin in 1567.
Seth Lofthouse from Leeds
became a noted silversmith in London in the early 1700’s.
Nat Lofthouse was center
forward for Bolton Wanderers and England in the 1950’s.
Doreen Lofthouse was
instrumental in the 1970’s in turning the Fisherman’s Friend
lozenge from Fleetwood into a global brand.
Geoff Lofthouse, once a miner
and later MP for Pontefract, was created Baron Lofthouse of Pontefract
Select Lofthouses Today
- 5,000 in the UK (most numerous
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