The Loveluck Name and Origins
The name Loveluck is certainly a variant of Lovelock which, although
not a very common name, was fairly widespread in Wiltshire and
neighbouring counties - see the Note on the Lovelock Surname for a list of early references to the name. In a note on the historical background of the name Loveluck, Janet Hearle expressed her opinion that John, progenitor of the Glamorgan Lovelucks, changed his name
Lovelock to Loveluck, probably when he moved from Wiltshire to
S. Wales, and that this change may reflect the Welsh pronunciation of the surname.
Dixon is not
that John L changed his name from Lovelock to Loveluck when he moved to
He has proposed an alternative hypothesis, that the Loveluck name
and cites as evidence a number of earlier parish records for Lovelucks.
However, it should be mentioned that there is another family which definitely has its origins in Wiltshire - the Lyneham Line- which extends into Glamorgan, and for which there appears to be a change
to the Loveluck form even more recently.
Other evidence that the Loveluck form of the name was not the
form includes the following:
Janet Hearle also suggested (see the notes on The Early Loveluck Family of Glamorgan) that John Lovelock's move from Wiltshire to Glamorgan was associated
the fact that the Talbot family had estates in both areas. I have not found in Janet's notes conclusive evidence to
hypothesis, although it is certainly the case that several Lovelucks
farms and land on the Margam estates and, according to Janet, Margam
accounts for 1788-9 record that John L. held land in Kenfig and a cot
garden in Margam.
- It appears that one of the children of Richard
was baptised Sidney Lovelock Thomas
- Lynne Davis provided me with a copy of a certificate for
of Anne David, daughter of Evan David and Elizabeth David formerly
A number of people, and in particular Janet Hearle, have attempted to
trace the origins of John Lovelock/Loveluck in Wiltshire (or elsewhere)
but no-one has succeeded so far to establish with certainty where he
came from. Encouraged by Robert Sterry, I enlarged the scope of my
family history research to the Lovelock name, and discovered that there
was a fairly active community of people researching the Lovelock name
in Wiltshire and elsewhere; I have since established a Lovelock Web Site as a focus for this activity.
been able to establish with certainty that John Loveluck had his roots
John Lovelock in Wiltshire, I have located some likely candidates. In
Wilts. includes the following baptism record:
1739 Oct 21, John son of Thomas & Mary Lovelock
as well as a baptism record for the Thomas Lovelock, probably
father of this John Lovelock:
However, there are a quite a few John Lovelocks born in Wiltshire and
surrounding counties at about this time, and it is far from easy to
sort out which of them belong to other Lovelock lines, and which are
potential candidates for the progenitor of the Glamorgan Loveluck line.
Robert Sterry has produced a collection of John Lovelocks born about 1740, with some suggestions as to which of them might belong to the different Lovelock trees which have been constructed.
1704 July 21 Thomas the son of Thomas Lovelock, Labourer, was baptised same day
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