lavan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the lavan family

The surname lavan was first found in Kent where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. 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, [1] 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 who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. The family are believed to originally of Lovergne near Calais, branched to Brabant, and thence to Kent in England. Jovelyn Louvaine was brother of Queen Adeliza, second wife of King Henry 1st. Jocelyn's father was Godfrey Barbatus, Duke of Lorraine and Count of Brabant who was descended from Charlemagne. He received as a wedding gift from Adeliza of the honor of Petworth in Sussex which held 21 knights' fees. He also received many other domains throughout the southern counties and married into the distinguished Percys of the north by his marriage to Agnes de Percy.

Important Dates for the lavan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lavan research. Another 134 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1137, 1510, and 1600 are included under the topic Early lavan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

lavan Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Lovaine, Lovayne, Loverne, Loving, Luving, Lovings, Luvayn, Luvayne, Loveyn, Loveyne, Lovaigne, Louverne, Lavainge, Lavayne, Louvaine, Louvayne and many more.

Early Notables of the lavan family (pre 1700)

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lavan migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

lavan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hannah Lavan, a bonded passenger, who arrived in America in 1756
lavan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michael Lavan, who arrived in New York in 1853

lavan migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

lavan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Miss. Ann Lavan, aged 4 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Araminta" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [2]
  • Ms. Ellen Lavan, aged 27 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Courier" but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [2]
  • Miss. Ellen Lavan, aged 4 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Araminta" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [2]
  • Mr. John Lavan, aged 40 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Araminta" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [2]
  • Miss. Mary Lavan, aged 8 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Araminta" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name lavan (post 1700)

  • Martin J. Lavan, American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1937, 1949; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1956 [3]
  • Brian Lavan, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 51st District, 1964 [3]

Citations

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 39)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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