lavine History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the lavine family goes back to the Medieval landscape of northwestern France, to the regions known as Brittany and Normandy. The name Lavigne is derived from the Old French word "vigne," meaning "vine," and as such it is likely that the first bearers of this name owned or worked on a vineyard. [1]

Early Origins of the lavine family

The surname lavine was first found in Brittany where they held a family seat in the seigneury of Haute Morays.

They later branched to Houle in that same province. They were closely allied to this latter House of Houlle de Kermassonet. Branching to the region of Tournai they intermarried with the family of Hennebert. Branches were later found in Maine, Le Mans, Bourbonnais, Guyenne, and Artois. In the south of France they held a family seat in the region of Languedoc at Puylaroque.

Joseph Lavigne, son of Pierre and Jeanne (née Gazaille), settled in Contrecoeur, Quebec and married Marie-Anne Gareau on 12th November 1727. [2]

Early History of the lavine family

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lavine Spelling Variations

French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name lavine is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Lavigne, Levine, Levin, Levigne, Levigny, Laveine, Lavignes, Lavene, Des Vignes, deVigne, Devignes, Devigne, De lavigne and many more.

Early Notables of the lavine family (pre 1700)

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United States lavine migration to the United States +

France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name lavine has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name lavine were

lavine Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Lavine, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1731 [3]
lavine Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Timothy Lavine, who settled in Philadelphia in 1854
  • Juan Lavine, aged 21, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1859 [3]
  • Loeb Lavine, who landed in Mississippi in 1871 [3]
lavine Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Samuel Lavine, who arrived in Arkansas in 1900 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name lavine (post 1700) +

  • Jacqueline Carol "Jackie" LaVine (b. 1929), American gold, silver and bronze medalist competitive swimmer
  • Michael Lavine (b. 1963), American portrait photographer in New York City
  • Charles D. "Chuck" Lavine (b. 1947), American representative in District 13 in the New York State Assembly
  • Rachel Lavine, American Democrat politician, Member, Credentials Committee, Democratic National Convention, 2008 [4]
  • Gary Lavine, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 2008 [4]
  • Charles D. Lavine, American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly 13th District; Elected 2008 [4]
  • Pamela Yvonne Lavine (b. 1969), West Indies cricketer
  • Eric Lavine (b. 1971), Barbadian, West Indian footballer
  • Mark Lavine (1973-2001), Barbadian, West Indian cricketer


  1. ^ Dionne, N.-E., Origine Des Familles Canadiennes-Français. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1969. Print.
  2. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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