Last name: Lovell

This interesting surname, with variant spellings Lovel and Lowell, derives from the Anglo Norman French "lou", a wolf (ultimately from the Latin "lupus"), plus the diminutive suffix "el", and was originally given as a nickname to a fierce or shrewd person. One Richard "Lupellus" was recorded in "Ancient Charters of Sussex", circa 1118. The surname appears towards the middle of the 12th Century, (see below). Other early recordings include Willelmus Luvel, "the Curia Regis Rolls of Oxfordshire", 1206, and Philip Lowel, "The Hundred Rolls of Oxfordshire", 1255. Richard Luvel alias Lovel or Lowel "of Kari Lowel barony" was recorded in the Somerset County Rolls of 1263. He descended from William, Earl of Yvery, whose father Robert had acquired the nickname Lupus because of his violent temper. A noble family of Lovell were established in Northamptonshire from the 13th to the 16th Century, and included Francis, first Viscount Lovell (1454-1487), summoned to parliament as ninth Baron Lovell of Tichmarsh in 1482. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William Luuel, which was dated 1130, in the "Pipe Rolls of Oxfordshire", during the reign of King Henry 1, known as "the Lion of Justice", 1100 - 1135. 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.

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So apparently my grandfathers birth father's last name was lovell but his mother remarried and took her new husbands last name. He would only say that his birth fathers name was Cecil Lovell


Could some kind people here please let me know if this surname is pronounced 'Love - elle' as in 'well', or 'Love - uhl' as in 'all'. Much appreciated :) .


My family pronounces it the 2nd way. As in the 'Love - uhl' variation.

my last name is lovell I don't no my family tho my father s name is bob I would like to no more if ne 1 has info contact me at


my name is kristian lovell contact me at

My grandmother was Melvalyn Lovell. I am trying to find out more information So this is very cool!

Courtney Lovell
I am a Lovell. My family branch, as far as I know goes back to the war of Roses. The Lovells had a kingdom, but it fell they chose the wrong side of the war. The castle remains are still there, I think somewhere in scotland.

My last name is Lovell and I have heard the same thing. My father's name is Bill and from New Jersey.

hey I'm a Lovell too situated in South Africa,Cape Town.I am proud of my surname,but the nickname she-wolf not so much,on the other hand it's awesome I get invited to all the parties now that's rad!

Matt Sears
My name is Matt Sears, I am currently coordinating research into the Romany Community of Britain. As part of this study we will be taking DNA samples from males who carry documented Romany surnames, Lovell being one of those chosen. The research has full ethical approval and the results will be accessible online towards the end of the study. If your Lovell paternal ancestry has Romany origins and you can provide some detail of your male line back to 1900 or thereabouts we would be interested in sending you a kit through the post. The study is free, the results will help us better understand the origins of Britain 19s Romany community. Looking forward to hearing from you.

David Lovell
Dear Matt I would be very keen to provide a DNA sample. My paternal grandfather was a Lovell born about 1890 and lived to 1972. His life upto 1916ish is a mystery and no records of him exist in Birth Registries or Censuses. Mark Jobling at Leicester University told me that there are two Lovell Y chromosome haploypes one of which may be a Romany line, Let me know if you need more information. My grandfather's life was quite interesting (at least to us) and it would be nice to get a handle on his early life etc. Thanks David

hi matt i am a lovelli can track my paternal side past 1891 in kent and i am interesterd in giving a sample as my maternal side is mcdonnell it has alredy been maped

Craig Lovell
I too am a Lovell and am proud to have the name!!

Haha we have the same name. From Texas here.

Linda ( Lovell )
My maiden name is Lovell and is quite mispronounced a lot. I am proud to be a Lovell.

Russell Lovell
Yes it is. Wish I could prove lineage past 1900 to be a part of that study.

Hey im proud to be a Lovell and have nick name KlrWolf

a lovely last name, :) quite rare too!