Result of Research Commissioned at the College of Arms, London, March 1998

The following is the contents of a letter received from Portcullis Pursuivant of Arms, College of Arms, Queen Victoria Street, London, EC4V 4BT.

30 March 1998

Dear Mr Howard,

Thank you for your recent letter relating to a search of the Visitations and early pedigrees for references to the surname Loveland. I write now to report the results of research which has been conducted; I am afraid that they are rather disappointing.


The search began with the records of the Heralds' Visitations of the English and Welsh counties during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The Officers of Arms went out to each county roughly every generation to oversee the use of Arms and to record the pedigrees of the gentry. The resulting records fill many dozens of volumes and form the core of the College archives. When nothing was found in these under the surname Loveland the search turned to the main series of pedigrees recorded at the College since the end of the seventeenth century.


The records of Grants and Confirmations of Arms from the Tudor period to 1700 have been examined for any reference to the surname Loveland and its variant, Leveland. Unfortunately, no such reference was discovered.

The Arms of Joseph Loveland of Norwich, Canon, is referred to in The History of Norfolk by Francis Bloomfield (1745) Vol.2, p.334. The Arms: Sable three Boars heads couped Or are ascribed to him. Unfortunately, these Arms are not on record at the College of Arms: it is possible that Canon Joseph Loveland adopted Arms without authority, when he became a priest or a canon.

Yours sincerely

Portcullis Pursuivant