The name Lothen was Scandinavian in origin and is usually discussed under its normalized ON form Loðinn. It started out as a byname meaning ‘the hairy one’ but came to be used as an ordinary personal name. Other English Lothens gave their names to the parish of Londesborough (Yorks. ER) and to fields in at least two townships in the West Riding (Fellows Jensen 1968: 190). A Danish Lothen raided along the coasts of Kent and Essex in 1048 (PASE: Lothen 1), and a pre-Conquest sundial in the church of Great Edstone (Yorks. NR) is inscribed with the name Lothan, evidently a variant spelling (PASE: Lothan 1). No other persons of the name are currently recorded in PASE.
Phillimore uses our preferred form, Lothen; Alecto instead uses a hypercorrect ODan spelling, Lothæn.
Fellows Jensen 1968: Gillian Fellows Jensen, Scandinavian Personal Names in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire (Copenhagen: I Kommission hos Akademisk Forlag, 1968)
Spellings in Domesday Book: Loten
Forms in modern scholarship:
von Feilitzen head forms: Loðinn
Phillimore edition: Lothen
Alecto edition: Lothæn