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

The lineage of the name Lever begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they 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 Lever family were industrialists and millers, perhaps giving rise to the modern city of Liverpool, from their own Leaver's Port.

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Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Lever has undergone many spelling variations, including 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 Lever research. Another 271 words(19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lever History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Lever were among those contributors:

Lever Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Ashton Lever and James Lever, who settled in Maryland in 1775

Lever Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Adam, James, John, Lawrence, and William Lever, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

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  • William Hesketh Lever (1851-1925), English Industrialist and colonialist, created 1st Viscount Leverhulme
  • Sir Christopher Lever, English historian and author of natural history books
  • Jeremy Lever, English Lawyer, QC, professor of Law at Oxford, knighted in 2002
  • John Kenneth Lever (b. 1949), English cricketer
  • Charles James Lever (1806-1872), Irish novelist and physician, of English descent
  • Harold Lever (1914-1995), British Lawyer, politician, Baron Lever of Manchester


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  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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The Lever Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lever 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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