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The surname of LUFFRUM was a baptismal name 'the son of Love' which was derived from the Old English female personal name 'LUFU'. The name has many variants which include LUFF, LOVE, LUFFERUM, LOUVE, LOUBE, LOVEKIN and LUFKIN. Many factors contributed to the establishment of a surname system. For generations after the Norman Conquest of 1066 a very few dynasts and magnates passed on hereditary surnames, but the main of the population, with a wide choice of first-names out of Celtic, Old English, Norman and Latin, avoided ambiguity without the need for a second name. As society became more stabilized, there was property to leave in wills, the towns and villages grew and the labels that had served to distinguish a handful of folk in a friendly village were not adequate for a teeming slum where perhaps most of the householders were engaged in the same monotonous trade, so not even their occupations could distinguish them, and some first names were gaining a tiresome popularity, especially Thomas after 1170. The hereditary principle in surnames gained currency first in the South, and the poorer folk were slower to apply it. By the 14th century however, most of the population had acquired a second name. Early records of the name mention William Luffe, County Buckinghamshire, 1273. Walter Lufesone, was documented in Oxford, in the same year. John Lufferand was recorded in Perth, Scotland in the year 1568 and Andrew Lufrent was burgess in 1607. John Steward and Mary Luffe were married in London in the year of 1679. Mary Luff was baptised at St. Peter, Cornhill, London in the year 1741. It has long been a matter of doubt when the bearing of coats of arms first became hereditary and it was not until the Crusades that Heraldry came into general use. Men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way. Most of the European surnames were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name.

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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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