lavan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the lavan family

The surname lavan was first found in Normandy, France where the family are believed to originally of Lovergne near Calais, and then branched to Brabant, and later to Kent in England.

William de Loven is mentioned in Normandy 1180-95 (Magna Rotul. Scaccarii Normanniæ) [1]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Robert de Lovent, John his son, and Henry de Lovent, in Buckinghamshire; and later, William de Lovent in Bedfordshire, during the reign of Edward I.

"Unless this be an interpolation, it cannot refer to the noble family of Lovaine of Estains in Essex, who descended from Henry IV., Duke of Brabant, by Maud, daughter of Matthew, Earl of Flanders. Their ancestor Godfrey was this Duke's younger son, and held in 1200 the Honour of Eye in Suffolk, which had been given to the Duchess of Lovaine in Richard I.'s time." [2]

Jovelyn Louvaine was brother of Queen Adeliza, second wife of King Henry I. 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.

Early History of 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 1510, 1600 and 1137 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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United States 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

Canada 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 [3]
  • 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 [3]
  • 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 [3]
  • 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 [3]
  • 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 [3]
  • ... (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 [4]
  • Brian Lavan, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 51st District, 1964 [4]


  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 2 of 3
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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