Last name origins & meanings:
- English: from a Middle English personal name derived from the
Old English female personal name Lufu ‘love’, or the masculine
equivalent Lufa. Compare Leaf 2.
- English and
Scottish: nickname from Anglo-Norman French lo(u)ve ‘female
wolf’ (a feminine form of lou). This nickname was fairly
commonly used for men, in an approving sense. No doubt it was
reinforced by crossing with post-Conquest survivals of the masculine
version of 1.
- Scottish: see McKinnon.
- Dutch (de Love): respelling and reinterpretation of
Delhove, a habitational name from Hove and L’Hoves in Hainault,
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