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This interesting surname is English, but arguably of pre 7th century Old Norse origins. It is a locational name from any of the various places in the county of Yorkshire named with the word "lotht", meaning an upper floor, and "hus", a house. These places include: Loftus in North Yorkshire; Lofthouse near Wakefield in West Yorkshire, and Loftsome on the river Derwent in East Yorkshire. Houses built with an upper floor (which was normally used for storage of produce during the winter) were rare amongst the ordinary people of the Middle Ages, and consequently such an unusual feature would have provided an obvious and convenient means of identification...

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Jayne Kuhlman

My GGM was Anna Loftus (born 1870). Her parent were both born in Ireland, Thomas Loftus (born 1830) and Bridget ??? (born 1840). Thomas and Bridget immigrated to Indiana some time before 1870, where Anna and her sister (Agnes 1873) were born. Now my trail runs dry. I would appreciate any information! Thanks.


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