laven History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The laven surname comes from a Middle English given name Lefwine, which in turn comes from the Old English elements "leof," which meant "dear" or "beloved," and "wine," which meant "friend."

Early Origins of the laven family

The surname laven was first found in Shropshire where the family was anciently seated.

Early History of the laven family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our laven research. Another 202 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1010, 1086, 1275, 1292, 1327, 1661, 1712, 1820, 1661, 1576, 1659 and 1602 are included under the topic Early laven History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

laven Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname laven include Lewin, Lewins, Lewens, Lewinson and others.

Early Notables of the laven family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Justinian Lewyn (Lewen) knighted May 12, 1661; and John Lowin (1576-1659), an English actor, became associated with the theatrical world by 1602. Born in...
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early laven Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States laven migration to the United States +

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first lavens to arrive on North American shores:

laven Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • A Laven, aged 30, who landed in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • Barney Laven, who arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1855 [1]

Australia laven migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

laven Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Charles Laven, aged 21, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Fatima" [2]
  • William Laven, aged 24, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Fatima" [2]
  • Bridget Laven, aged 18, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"
  • Catherine Laven, aged 20, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"

Contemporary Notables of the name laven (post 1700) +

  • George Laven, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque FATIMA 1850, 521 tons. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Fatima.htm


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