Levine History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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 Lavigne 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. [1]

Early Origins of the Levine family

The surname Levine was first found in Brittany where they held a family seat in the seigneury of Haute Morays.

They later branched to Houle in that same province. They were closely allied to this latter House of Houlle de Kermassonet. Branching to the region of Tournai they intermarried with the family of Hennebert. Branches were later found in Maine, Le Mans, Bourbonnais, Guyenne, and Artois. In the south of France they held a family seat in the region of Languedoc at Puylaroque.

Joseph Lavigne, son of Pierre and Jeanne (née Gazaille), settled in Contrecoeur, Quebec and married Marie-Anne Gareau on 12th November 1727. [2]

Important Dates for the Levine family

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Levine Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Levine family (pre 1700)

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Levine migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Levine Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Edward Levine, aged 32, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842

Contemporary Notables of the name Levine (post 1700)

  • Harold I. Levine (1922-2017), American mathematician who was professor at Stanford University
  • Stephen Levine (1937-2016), American poet, author and teacher
  • Donald Nathan Levine (1931-2015), American sociologist, educator, social theorist and writer
  • Nat Levine (1899-1989), American film producer who produced 105 films between 1921 and 1946
  • Samuel Franklin "Samm the Ma'am" Levine (b. 1982), American television and film actor
  • Samuel Albert Levine (1891-1966), American cardiologist, known for developing Levine scale, Levine's sign and identifying Lown–Ganong–Levine syndrome
  • 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
  • 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
  • Charles Albert Levine (1897-1991), American first passenger aboard a transatlantic flight
  • Alan Brian "Al" Levine (b. 1968), American former Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  1. ^ Dionne, N.-E., Origine Des Familles Canadiennes-Français. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1969. Print.
  2. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
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