Lovelock Coat of Arms
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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Lovelock Name
Origins of Lovelock:
Listed in the spellings of Lovelock and Loveluck, this is an English surname. It is of old English origins and originally a nickname for a ‘dandy.’ The origin is from the phrase “lovelock,” which means a lock of hair, sometimes an artificial one, curling over the forehead or ears, in a variety of fashionable styles. The surname is a good example of a sizeable group of early European surnames that slightly formed from the continual use of nicknames. The nicknames given in the first example with a connection to a variety of styles, containing appearance or character, and styles of dress and profession. Richard Barnfield’s simple poem “The Loving Shepherd”, printed in 1594, contains the following as “Why should thy sweete love-locke hang dangling downe, kissing thy girdle-stud with falling pride” Examples of the early records derived from remaining parish records of the period contain the weddings of John Lovelock and Jone Butler in November 1669 at St. Giles, Cripplegate, and of Francis Lovelock and Katherin Dally in January 1690 at St. Mary Magdalene, Old Fish Street, both city of London.
More common variations are: Lovelocke, Lovlock, Loveluck, Levelock, Lovelick, Lavelock, Lovelack, Loveleck, Loveloch, Leflock
The surname Lovelock first appeared in Suffolk where they held a family seat. Igod Luveloc held a family seat in Suffolk in 1283.
The very first recording spelling of the family was shown to be that of William Louelok, dated about 1327, in the “Subsidy Rolls of Essex.” It was during the time of King Edward III, dated 1327 – 1377. The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation. It came to be known as Poll Tax in England.
United States of America:
Individuals with the surname Lovelock landed in the United States in three different centuries respectively in the 17th, 18th, and 19th. Some of the people with the name Lovelock who arrived in the United States in the 17th century included William Lovelock, who sailed to Barbados in the year 1662.
People with the surname Lovelock who landed in the United States in the 18th century included Daniel Lovelock, who immigrated to Pennsylvania in the year 1728.
The following century saw more Lovelock surnames arrive. Some of the people with the surname Lovelock who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included James and William Lovelock, who arrived in New York in 1840.
Some of the individuals with the surname Lovelock who landed in Australia in the 19th century included Robert Lovelock, an English prisoner from Surrey, who shifted aboard the “Andromeda” in November 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia. Joseph Lovelock arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship “Moffatt” in 1839. George Lovelock, Adam Lovelock and Ann Lovelock, all arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship “Prince Regent” in the same year 1839.
Some of the population with the surname Lovelock who arrived in New Zealand in the 19th century included Isaac Lovelock landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840.
Here is the population distribution of the last name Lovelock: Lovelocke, Lovlock, Loveluck, Levelock, Lovelick, Lavelock, Lovelack, Loveleck, Loveloch, Leflock.
Ossie Lovelock (1911–1981), was an Australian athlete.
Ray Lovelock (actor) (born 1950), is an Italian actor.
Lovelock Coat of Arms Meaning
The two main devices (symbols) in the Lovelock blazon are the lion and greyhound. The two main tinctures (colors) are vert and argent.
The deep green colour that is so often observed in heraldry is more properly known as vert. According to Wade, the use of this colour signifies “Hope and Joy”, but may also represent, rather delightfully, “Loyalty in Love” 1The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. It has other names also, the French call it sinople, perhaps after a town in Asia Minor from where the best green die materials could be found 2A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Vert. More fanciful heralds liked to associate it with the planet venus and the precious stone emerald 3Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27. More strangely, there is some evidence that the term prasin was anciently used, being the Greek for the vegetable we call the Leek!
Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) 4Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 5A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11.
The art of heraldry would be significantly poorer if we were without the lion in all its forms. Most general works on Heraldry devote at least one chapter solely to this magnificent creature and its multifarious depictions 6A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P172 7Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 63 8Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P140. Some of the earliest known examples of heraldry, dating right back to the knighting of Geoffrey of Anjou in 1127, where he is shown with six such beasts upon his shield 9A Treatise on Heraldry, J. Woodward, W & A.K Johnston, Edinburgh & London, 1896, P45 .The great authority on heraldic symbology, Wade, points out the high place that the lion holds in heraldry, “as the emblem of deathless courage” 10The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P60, a sentiment echoed equally today.
Unlike many of the creatures to be found in heraldry, the Greyhound is shown in a very natural aspect and lifelike poses. 11A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P204 It is probably the most common member of the dog family to be found in arms 12A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Dog, and Wade suggests that we see in its appearance the suggestion of“courage, vigilance and loyal fidelity”. 13The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P69