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

The history of the Levine family goes back to the Medieval landscape of northwestern France, to the regions known as Brittany and Normandy. The name Levine is derived from the Old French word "vigne," meaning "vine," and as such it is likely that the first bearers of this name owned or worked on a vineyard.

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There were a great number of spelling variations in French surnames. One reason for this was the wide variety of cultural influences present in France during the early development of the French language. The many spelling variations of the name include Lavigne, Levine, Levin, Levigne, Levigny, Laveine, Lavignes, Lavene, Des Vignes, deVigne, Devignes, Devigne, De lavigne and many more.

First found in Brittany where they held a family seat in the seigneury of Haute Morays.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Levine research. Another 141 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Levine History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec, in 1663 there were only 500, 2,000 migrants arrived during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many distinguished contributions have been made by members of this family name Levine. It has been prominent in the arts, religion, politics and culture in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Levine were Pierre Lavigne who settled in Quebec in 1757 from Bourbonnais; Guillaume Lavigne arrived in Quebec from Guyenne 1708; Joseph Lavigne arrived in Quebec from Guyenne in 1739.

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  • David Levine (b. 1926), American artist and illustrator best known for his caricatures
  • James Levine (b. 1943), American orchestral pianist and conductor and most well known as the music director of the Metropolitan Opera in New York
  • Philip Levine (b. 1928), American poet awarded the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
  • Adam Noah Levine (b. 1979), American three-time Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter, musician and actor, best known as the lead vocalist of pop rock band Maroon 5
  • Alan Brian "Al" Levine (b. 1968), American former Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • Charles Albert Levine (1897-1991), American first passenger aboard a transatlantic flight
  • Irwin Jesse Levine (1938-1997), American songwriter, best known for co-writing "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" with L. Russell Brown
  • Frank Theodore "Ted" Levine (b. 1957), American Screen Actors Guild Award nominated actor, known for his role as Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs
  • Samuel Albert Levine (1891-1966), American cardiologist, known for developing Levine scale, Levine's sign and identifying Lown–Ganong–Levine syndrome
  • Samuel Franklin "Samm the Ma'am" Levine (b. 1982), American television and film actor

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The Levine Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Levine 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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