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

The Livingston surname is habitational, derived from a place named Livingstone (Levingston) in the parish of Linlithgow, West Lothian. The earliest progenitor of the Clan was Livingus, who was at least a noble. Some historians even say that he was a knight of the Hungarian court, who accompanied Margaret, wife of King Malcolm Ceanmore of Scotland, on her journey to Scotland. Other historians claim that Livingus was actually a Saxon who joined the train of Queen Margaret on her way through England and Scotland. In any case, records show he called his territories Levingestun, and that the church of "Leuiggestun," and "a half carucate of land and a toft" were granted to the Monks of Holyrood in the 12th century.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Livingston, Levinson, Livingstone, Livington, Levinston, Levingston, Lewynston, MacLeay and many more.

First found in West Lothian. From this small beginning the Clan would grow into the nobility of Scotland and achieve the Earldoms of Callander, Linlithgow and Newburgh; the viscountcies of Kilsyth, Kinnaird and Teviot and the Lordships of Livingston. Such was the power of this great Clan, that when William Douglas assumed the Regency of Scotland, from his father, the Earl of Douglas who became regent in 1437, he persuaded Lord Livingston to enter into a compact with him to become the Lieutenant of Scotland. When King James II came of age, William Douglas turned on the Livingston Clan, executed the Chief and seized many of their lands. For the next century the Livingston Clan, probably numbering over a thousand armed warriors, was a power unto itself in its home territories in Linlithgow, and they became hereditary keepers of the Royal Palace.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Livingston research. Another 387 words(28 lines of text) covering the years 1553, 1715, 1390, 1460, 1467, 1483, 1623, 1600, 1590, 1674, 1616, 1690, 1654, 1728 and 1728 are included under the topic Early Livingston History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 245 words(18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Livingston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Livingston family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Livingston Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Robert Livingston (1654-1728), of Scottish descent, was raised in Holland before arriving in Albany in 1672, where he was a colonial politician and landowner (of Livingstone Manor), and became the secretary for Indian affairs in New York province. He was the start of a line of American statesmen, diplomats, and jurists, including his son Phillip Livingston (1716-1778) of New York, NY a signer of the American Declaration of Independence
  • Robert Livingston, who arrived in Albany, NY in 1673

Livingston Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Donald Livingston, who settled in New York in 1739 with his wife Isabel and two sons John and Duncan
  • Alexander Livingston, who landed in Virginia in 1754
  • William Livingston, who came to Virginia in 1772
  • Isaac Livingston, who landed in South Carolina in 1772
  • George Livingston, a 22-year-old mason who sailed aboard the "Gale" in 1774, bound for New York, NY


Livingston Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Livingston, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Gordon Livingston, aged 21, arrived in South Carolina in 1812
  • Robert Y Livingston, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1813
  • Hugh Livingston, who settled in Charleston in 1820
  • Henry Livingston, who landed in New York in 1822


Livingston Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Jacob Livingston, who landed in Mississippi in 1900
  • Robert F Livingston, who arrived in Arkansas in 1901

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  • Edward Livingston (1764-1836), American jurist and statesman, US Secretary of State, was one of the great legal reformers of the 19th century
  • Philip Livingston (1716-1778), American signer of Declaration of Independence
  • Edward Livingston (1796-1840), American politician, Speaker of the New York State Assembly (1837)
  • Edward Philip Livingston (1779-1843), American politician, New York Lieutenant Governor
  • Henry Brockholst Livingston (1757-1823), U.S. Supreme Court Justice
  • Henry Walter Livingston (1768-1810), United States Representative from New York
  • Peter R. Livingston (1766-1847), Acting New York Lieutenant Governor
  • Robert Livingston (1708-1790), the third Lord of Livingston Manor
  • Ronald Joseph "Ron" Livingston (b. 1967), American actor
  • Shaun Livingston (b. 1985), American professional basketball player

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  • A Biographical History of Clermont, or Livingston Manor by Thomas Streatfeild Clarkson.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Si je puis
Motto Translation: If I can.

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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Livingston
Leffingston, Leffington, Leffinson, Leffinston, Lefingston, Lefington, Lefinson, Lefinston, Leuynston, Levingstolm, Levingstom, Levingstomb, Levingstome, Levingston, Levingstone, Levingstoom, Levingstown, Levingstum, Levingstume, Levinson, Levinston, Lewynston, Livingstolm, Livingstom, Livingstomb, Livingstome, Livingston, Livingstone, Livingstoom, Livingstown, Livingstum, Livingstume, Livington, Livinson, Livinston, Llewynston, Lovingstolm, Lovingstom, Lovingstomb, Lovingstome, Lovingston, Lovingstone, Lovingstoom, Lovingstown, Lovingstum, Lovingstume, Lovington, Lovinson, Lovinston, Lyvingstolm and more.

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