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About the study

The study identifies the meaning of the name Loring as 'a man from Lotharingia', the kingdom of Charlemagne's grandson King Lothar II. 

It shows instances of the name in Great Britain from its first occurrence in the time of Edward the Confessor, up to  1558, when Parish Registers started to be kept. 

It identifies the family groups that had been established at that time, which were predominantly found in the West Country, centred around Axminster in Devonshire.


The principal variant spelling of 'Loaring' is used today by about one third of the families.

The name 'Lurring' has also been studied, although it is not clear to the author whether this is a variant or a surname in its own right.