Early Origins of the Levitt family
The surname Levitt was first found in Suffolk
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. William Levett (ca.1200–ca.1270) was lord of the manor of the South Yorkshire
village of Hooton Levitt. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands of Leuiet, held by a Norman noble who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086.
Early History of the Levitt family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Levitt research.Another 108 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1700, 1495, 1554, 1594, 1655, 1586, 1630, 1711, 1693, 1746, 1668, 1725, 1608, 1691 and 1634 are included under the topic Early Levitt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Levitt Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Levet, Levett, Levitt, Leavett, Leavitt, Livett and many more.
Early Notables of the Levitt family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Levett (ca. 1495-1554),was an English clergyman; Thomas Levett (1594-ca. 1655), High Sheriff
of Rutland; Christopher Levett (1586-1630) was an English writer, explorer and naval captain; Sir Richard Levett (also spelled Richard Levet) (died 1711), Sheriff , Alderman and Lord Mayor of London; William Levett, Esq., (sometimes spelled William Levet), courtier to King Charles I of England; Theophilus Levett... Another 66 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Levitt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Levitt family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Levitt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Levitt, aged 16, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Navarino" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Navarino 1857. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/navarino1857.shtml.
Levitt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- George Levitt, aged 29, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875
- Emily Levitt, aged 24, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875
- George Levitt, aged 1, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875
Contemporary Notables of the name Levitt (post 1700)
- Michael Levitt FRS (1947-2013), South African-born, American biophysicist and a professor of structural biology at Stanford University, recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
- William Jaird Levitt (1907-1994), American real-estate developer, often credited as the creator of modern American suburbia
- Levitt Luzern Custer (1888-1962), American inventor of the statoscope
- Levitt Ellsworth Custer (1863-1924), American Ohio dentist and balloonist
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- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ South Australian Register. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Navarino 1857. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/navarino1857.shtml.