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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Levet, Levett, Levitt, Leavett, Leavitt, Livett and many more.

First found in Suffolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. William Levett (ca.1200–ca.1270) was lord of the manor of the South Yorkshire village of Hooton Levitt. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Leuiet, held by a Norman noble who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leverett research. Another 215 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1700, 1495, 1554, 1594, 1655, 1586, 1630, 1711, 1693, 1746, 1668, 1725, 1608, 1691 and 1634 are included under the topic Early Leverett History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 249 words(18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leverett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Leverett Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • John Leverett (1616–1678), who landed at the Massachusetts Bay Colony with his family in 1633, he became the 19th Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (1673-1679)

Leverett Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Bernard Leverett, who settled in America from London, England, in 1904
  • Cecil Leverett, aged 7, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1904
  • Kath Leverett, aged 31, who landed in America from London, England, in 1904
  • Leo Leverett, aged 2, who settled in America from London, England, in 1904
  • Wm. Josiah Leverett, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1910


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  • Gorham Vance "Dixie" Leverett (1894-1957), American pitcher in Major League Baseball
  • Margot Leverett, American New York-based clarinettist
  • John Leverett (1616-1678), English colonial magistrate, merchant, soldier and governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony


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  • Genealogy of William Leverett, 1773-1807 by Erwin James Otis.
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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  7. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  8. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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The Leverett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Leverett 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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