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About the Loud surname


The Historical Research Center

Family Name History


It is believed that the use of hereditary surnames begins in England with the Conquest and it may be set down as one of its results. In fact, there is no ascertained case of a strictly hereditary English surname before the Norman Conquest. With regard to the English surname Loud this name is of three distinct origins. In the first place, the surname Loud may be of nickname origin. Nickname surnames are those names, which derive their origin from a physical characteristic or personal attribute of the initial bearer. In this instance, the surname Loud is derived from the Old English “hlud” meaning “loud” and applied to one who was particularly loud or noisy. Alternatively, the family name Loud may be of topographic origin being derived from the place of residence of the initial bearer. Here the name denotes “dweller by the roaring stream” from the Old English “hlyde” meaning “roaring stream”.

Finally, this name is also of toponymic origin. Toponymic surnames are those names, which derive their origin from a particular place-name near which the original bearer lived or held land. Here the name is derived from the place-name Louth located in Lincolnshire. The toponym is itself derived from the river name Lud (from Old English “Hlud” meaning “loud”). References to this surname or to a variant include a record of Richard Lud who was recorded in Devon in 1221. Riginald Lude was recorded in Suffolk in 1215. William Loud was recorded in the Feet of Fines in 1242. The British Herald lists a family bearing the surname Loud and another bearing the name Loude both of whom were ennobled and granted the right to bear a blazon of arms.

BLAZON OF ARMS: Argent; two stars sable; a bordure engrained gules. Translation: Argent (white) symbolizes the Moon and Purity and Obedience

CREST: A star as in the arms.