Leavell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Leavell surname is derived from the Norman French word "lou," meaning "wolf," with the diminutive suffix "el."
Early Origins of the Leavell family
The surname Leavell was first found in Somerset. Robert, Lord of Breherval and Yvery in Normandy is regarded as the progenitor of this family. His father was Eudes, sovereign Duke of Brittany. His is listed in the Roll of Battle Abbey and received from the Conqueror a grant of the Lordships of Kary and Harpetre, in the county of Somerset. He eventually returned to his native Duchy and died a monk in the abbey of Bec, leaving three sons. The eldest, one Ascelin Gouel de Perceval succeeded his father as Lord of Breherval. As a violent man, he acquired the surname "Lupus." In turn his son was surnamed "Lupellus," or little wolf which was softened to "luvel." He had five sons; one of which was Henry, ancestor of Lords Lovel of Kary.  The Lovels of Tichmersh who had summons to Parliament in 1297 were a baronial family of considerable distinction. By example, Sir Richard Lovel was summoned to Parliament from 1348-1350.
Important Dates for the Leavell family
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Leavell Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Lovell, Lowell, Lovel, Leavell, Lowles and others.
Early Notables of the Leavell family (pre 1700)
Notable among the family at this time was Francis Lovell, (1454-c. 1487), friend and supporter of Richard III, made Viscount Lovell on January 4th 1483; he...
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Migration of the Leavell family to Ireland
Some of the Leavell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Leavell migration to the United States
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Typical Leavell Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Leavell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- J.T. Leavell, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1905
- John Thorn Leavell, aged 38, who immigrated to America, in 1906
- Lila Leavell, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1910
- Mrs. Gray Leavell, aged 30, who immigrated to the United States, in 1915
- Frank Leavell, aged 39, who immigrated to the United States, in 1923
Contemporary Notables of the name Leavell (post 1700)
- Allen Frazier "Chuck" Leavell (b. 1957), retired American professional NBA basketball player
- Charles Alfred "Chuck" Leavell (b. 1952), American pianist and keyboardist, member of The Allman Brothers Band
- William Hayne Leavell (1850-1930), American Democrat politician, U.S. Minister to Guatamala, 1913-18 
- Elizabeth Oliver Leavell (1871-1952), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1928 
- Ava Leavell Haymon, American poet, the 2013-2015 Poet Laureate of Louisiana
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