Last name: Love

This is an English surname. Recorded as Love, Luff, and Louve, it has at least two possible origins. The first is as a derivative of the Olde English pre 7th century personal name "Lufa" which is recorded in the Feudal Documents of the Abbey of Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, in the year 1095, whil;st slightly later Galfridus filius Love appears in the Pipe Rolls of the adjoining county of Norfolk in the year 1208. The second possible origin was as a nickname from the Norman French word "louve" meaning a female wolf. This creature was renowned for her bravery and ferocity in fighting and therefore was a complimentary nickname for a soldier. Among the early recordings in London is the marriage of John Luff and Elizabeth White on November 20th 1695 at St. James, Dukes Place, London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Peter Love, which was dated 1255, in the Fines Court Rolls of the county of Essex, during the reign of King Henry 111, known as "The Frenchman", 1216 - 1272. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

© Copyright: Name Origin Research 1980 - 2015

Want to dig deeper into your family history? Take a look at our page on building a Family Tree. Or get scientific and enter the exciting world of Ancestral DNA!

Surname Scroll

Enjoy this name printed onto our colourful scroll, printed in Olde English script. An ideal gift. View Details.
PayPal Acceptance Mark
Surname Scroll

Brian Love
Hello, I am also a Love. My grand father came from Texas but settled in Arkansas. Merle Edward Love. Anyone related or have any info?

ross mclaren
I don't believe this to be an English surname I am sure it has it's origin in Scotland. Very anglocentric this website.

Constance "Connie" Maria Crews Cox
My mother is named Clara Louisa Love, born in Kentucky in 1916. Her father was Robert Foote Love born 1884 in Thomaston, GA. He died in College Park, GA. in 1934. His father was Eugene E. Love born 1840 in Thomaston,GA. his death date and circumstances unknown. Rumor has it that he was shot while deer hunting, His father was John H. Love, born in 1808. He had a plantation in Thomaston, GA. He died in Charleston, SC, 1870. Eugene and his his father John both fought in the Civil war. If anyone can connect to my love family I will be thrilled. I have tried for several years to find out who John H. Love's parents were. Any information would be welcomed. Thanks, Connie Cox

Constance "Connie" Maria Crews Cox
See below information of John H. Love, Eugene E. Love and Robert Foote Love,

Melissa Love
I am a love but I am from England but I would really, like to know where my name came from.

Gay Nell Love Williamson
I am also a love from Kentucky. Our family comes from Tom Love, in the Vanburen area. I have also read the part about the name being originally French, but then coming down through Scotland.

Jen S
my grandmother's last name is loveins (I think that's how you spell it) so either the name has been distorted over generations or I'm in the wrong place. weird hw i'm british yet I don't look like it

i am also a Love, father - robert b. love jr., and grandmother - lovie mae love, grandfather - robert b, love sr. u can reach me at

Jim Love
I am a Love from Scotland. My grandfather, also James Love, was Scottish and his mother and father (Eddie Love) took him to USA when he was a young boy (New Jersey?), this would have been in the 1920s. But they came back, although I have had a feeling that some of the family stayed in the USA, but if they did, we have all lost touch a long time ago.

Brian Love
I am a Love from Washington, D.C. My 3rd-great-grandfather was named Jeptha Dudley Love, he was a railroad engineer from Sedalia, Missouri. He was born in 1849 in Quincy, Illinois and lived his life as a railroad engineer until he was killed by a railroad switch in 1919. I have been unable to find any good information on his father James C Love born in Kentucky. Wondering if anyone knows anything about these men.

Frankie Love
I am a Love from Maryland. My grandfather is from Southern North Carolina.

Hannah Love
I'm from New Zealand.
In my family the Love name came from Scotland.

Christina Love

I am a Love. My family originated on the Island of Bute in Scotland. We had a farm there. My family immigrated through Ellis Island and landed in Staten Island, NY. Many of my family is still is Scotland while others are all over the US. I have remained in Staten Island where I am the 3rd generation living here.


My maiden name is Bailey but I am adopted! It was closed adoption so I only found out recently that my last name is actually Love! I would really like to know my Origin since I don't really know where I come from! It would be the closest thing I have to that family.

Dejanay Love

I am a Love, I guess we're all cousins. Lol.

ronald Love

My Great Grandfather, Thomas Love immigrated from GB with his parents at age 17. Wound up in Dallas. His Son PT Love was the treasurer of Mobile Oil and he was the mobile oil building super. They used to joke that the Love's had the company covered from top to bottom. Hos son Lawrence was the City Civil reengineer in Las Vegas when killed in an auto wreck.. His little widow Vera, went on make millions in real estate there. My grandfather Walter ran all the motor pools at. Ft. Bliss, Tx.. for many years.

Ronald Love

I used to work for a Mckinnon who informed me we were from the same Scottish Clan. I used to call him Cousin.

Charity Love

I guess we're all related. xD

Pauline Love

I am from a long line of Loves who originate in the Dorset areas of Charmouth, Ryall, Morcambelake and Chideock. Very proud of my surname as there was a Lane named after my Great Grandfather ( Love Lane) in Morcambelake/Ryall.


My great great grandmother was Malissa Love who was 1/4 Choctaw indian. The Southern branch of Loves divided and many moved to Mississippi where they intermarried with the Natives

Jonathon Love

I LOVE it! We are all related and from the Europe! Time for a love reunion!!!!

Charles Love

I had an ancestor who immigrated from Ireland in the 1600's, but pretty sure the family originated from Scotland. But, I had a great, great uncle who fought in the Civil war, for the south, who's name was "Leroy Lincoln Love", I always loved that name.

Barbara love

Any loves from Ohio?