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This curious surname, having long associations with Buckinghamshire, is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is an interesting example of that sizeable group of early European surnames that were gradually created from the habitual use of nicknames. These nicknames were given in the first instance with reference to occupation, or to a variety of personal characteristics, such as physical attributes or peculiarities, mental and moral characteristics, or to habits of dress and behaviour. The derivation, in this instance, is from the Olde English pre 7th Century "lufu" (Middle English "lufe"), love, with the Middle English and Old French "joie, joye", joy; hence, "lovejoy", used to denote someone who craved pleasure, or who particularly enjoyed life...

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