My initial interest in the Lovelock name arose from a study of my own family history, which can be traced back to John Loveluck(1739/40-1803), who married Ann John in Margam Abbey, Glamorgan, on 23 November 1765. John Loveluck was rumoured to have been born John Lovelock in Wiltshire, and to have changed his name from Lovelock to Loveluck, probably when he moved from Wiltshire to Glamorgan, in South Wales. More details of the Glamorgan Lovelucks can be found on the Loveluck Family History Web Site.
I have not been able to establish with certainty whether this account of John Loveluck's origins is correct, although I have found a number of possible candidates, and in particular a John Lovelock baptised 21 October 1739, at Ramsbury in Wiltshire. However, in my search for John Loveluck's origins, I was led to broaden the initial scope of my research, aided and abetted by Robert Sterry, who encouraged me to embark on a wider-ranging study of the Lovelock and related names. Since then, we have been helped by a number of other collaborators, and in the early stages these included Robert's cousin Gwen Eastment (née Lovelock), Malcolm Lovelock, Ken Gigg, Ben Skeates, Helen Jones, Allen Blethyn, Ann Willis and John Dixon. More recently, many others have contributed, and I have tried to acknowledge their contributions on the various Web pages, and in particular on the What's New page (and the Log files which contain earlier entries).
There is a more detailed account of the origins and evolution of the Lovelock One-Name Study, and the Lovelock Web site, in the article 'The Lovelock Collaborative One-Name Study' in the First Edition of Lovelock Lines, with a brief update in the Fourth Edition