Noble surnames, such as Lévis, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the French people. The original bearer of the name Lévis, which is a local
surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful Ile de France region. In France, hereditary surnames
were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local
names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate.The Lévis family originally derived its surname from the name of the place in Levy Saint Nom in Ile de France.
Early Origins of the Lévis family
The surname LÚvis was first found in Ile-de-France, where this remarkable family has been traced since the 12th century.
Early History of the Lévis family
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Lévis Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Lévis, Lévi, Lévie, Le Vie, de Lévis, de Lévie, de Lévis, Lévy, Levison, Levisonne, Levisonnes, Levisson, Levissonne, Levissonnes, Levisons, Levissons, Levisont, Levisonts, Levisond, Levisonds, Levey, Lévee, Levis and many more.
Early Notables of the Lévis family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Lévis family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Lévis Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Mary Levis, who settled in Charles Town, South Carolina in 1767
Lévis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Elizabeth Levis, aged 24, settled in Philadelphia in 1820
- William Levis, who settled in Philadelphia, in 1868
- Catherine Levis, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895
Lévis Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Angela Levis, aged 41, who landed in America, in 1902
- Charles Parker Levis, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
- Edgar Levis, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
- Edgar S. Levis, aged 37, who landed in America, in 1907
- Edward Levis, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1907
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Contemporary Notables of the name Lévis (post 1700)
- Joseph Levis (1905-2005), American silver and bronze Olympic foil fencer, inducted into The Roll of Honor at the US Fencing Hall of Fame (USFA)
- Albert J. Levis (b. 1937), American psychiatrist, founder and director of the Museum of the Creative Process in Manchester, Vermont
- Charles H. Levis (1860-1926), American Major League Baseball first baseman in the late 1800s
- George Levis (1894-1980), American college basketball player and coach during the 1910s and 1920s
- Patrick Cannon Levis (b. 1982), American actor from Silver Spring, Maryland
- Larry Patrick Levis (1946-1996), American poet
- Chris Levis (b. 1976), Canadian National Lacrosse League goaltender for the Colorado Mammoth
- Carroll Richard Levis (1910-1968), Canadian-born talent scout, impresario and television and radio personality from Toronto, but moved to England in 1935 where he hosted a talent competition for young people called The Carroll Levis Discovery Show
The Lévis Motto
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: Aide dieu au second Chretien Levis
Motto Translation: God help the second Chretien Levis