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The name Lever is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family 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.
The surname Lever was first found in Lancashire at Little Lever, now a large village in the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton in Greater Manchester. Great Lever, a township nearby "was long held by the family of Lever, but in the 6th year of Edward IV., Sir Rauff Assheton, Knt., sued out a 'write of right of warde' against Roger Lever, for the recovery of the manor, and obtained judgment against him at the assizes of Lancaster. Lever, however, with a number of dependants of his name, and a large concourse of persons, many of whom had been outlawed, riotously broke into Lancaster Castle, and carried off the record of recovery. Sir Rauff complaining of this outrage to the two houses of parliament, they ordained that the copy of the record which was annexed to his petition should be of the same force and efficacy as the original; and the justices thereupon ordered execution to issue, and reinstated him in the possession, which, notwithstanding, was not undisturbed until some time after. "  The village's name was derived from the Old English word "laefre," which means "place where the rushes grow."  The first listing of the place name was found in 1212 when it was listed as Parua Lefre.  Nearby is Darcy Lever which was the ancestral home of the D'Arcy family since 1590.
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Lever has been spelled many different ways, including Lever, Leaver, Leyver and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lever research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1521, 1577, 1551 and 1553 are included under the topic Early Lever History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 67 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lever Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Levers to arrive in North America:
Lever Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Lever Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Lever Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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