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Barbara M. Loftus
7 March 1996

Greetings to all Loftus's everywhere.

My name is Barbara M. Loftus, and I was born in Galway, Ireland. My father, Kevin P. Loftus, comes form Bonniconlon in Co Mayo.

I am a pathologist, and live and work in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. As far as I am aware, there are three different origins of the name Loftus. It is known in Norway, and also in England but I don't know if there is a relationship between these two branches.

In England, the name is uncommon, and is also spelled as Lofthouse, which is sometimes pronounced as Loftus.

In Ireland the name originates in Co. Mayo, and I remember reading that an Archbisop of Tuam anglicised the Irish name O'Lochnain to Loftus in the 14th century. Many Irish names were anglised to make them easier for the English to pronounce. O'Lochnain was also anglised to Loughnane, which is a fairly common name in Co. Clare, and is thought by some people to be the same family as Loftus. #FEF3DA When I was at school we had to use the Irish form of our name, and the nuns who taught me used the form O'Lachtnain. The “English” Loftus is also known in Ireland and a rather famous Loftus was Adam Loftus, who was the architect who designed Trinity College in Ireland. The is also a “big house” in Co. Wexford called “Loftus Hall”.

I think therefore that the Norwegian, English and Irish Loftus's are probably not related. I do think that it is a great name, and I am interested in trying to trace any possible relatives of my father who emigrated from Co. Mayo to America in the 1800's and early 1900's.

Barbara M. Loftus

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