Dictionary of Medieval Names
from European Sources

Lovewell f. Of uncertain origin. Many feminine names beginning with Love- are derived from Old English lufu 'love, affection, desire' or Old English lēof 'dear, loved'; however, there is no Old English deuterotheme that would correspond to -well. Another alternative is that this is a phrase name, 'love well'. While Lovewell also has the appearance of being a surnamed transferred to a given name (rarely done for women's names, but not unheard of in 16th C England), there is no known place called Lovewell. The name may possibly be related to the surname Lovel, derived from Anglo-French lovel 'wolf-cub'.

Early Modern English
1552 Lovewell BarnstapleBap p. 7
Cite as: S.L. Uckelman. "Lovewell". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2023, no. 1. http://dmnes.org/2023/1/name/Lovewell.