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Where did the English lawver family come from? What is the English lawver family crest and coat of arms? When did the lawver family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the lawver family history?

In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the lawver surname lived in the township of Great Lever in Lancashire as well as in Little Lever the chapelry in the parish of Bolton in Lancashire. According to history the lawver family were industrialists and millers, perhaps giving rise to the modern city of Liverpool, from their own Leaver's Port.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like lawver are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name lawver include: Lever, Leaver, Leyver and others.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lawver research. Another 271 words(19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early lawver History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early lawver Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name lawver or a variant listed above: Ashton Lever and James Lever, who settled in Maryland in 1775; Adam, James, John, Lawrence, and William Lever, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.

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The lawver Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The lawver Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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