Lavis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Noble surnames, such as Lavis, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the French people. The original bearer of the name Lavis, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful île-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 Lavis family originally derived its surname from the name of the place in Levy Saint Nom in île-de-France.

Early Origins of the Lavis family

The surname Lavis was first found in île-de-France, where this remarkable family has been traced since the 12th century.

The family branched into several other regions throughout France, and held lands and estates. One such branch extended to Bourgogne from Lugny in the 1400's, by Eustache de Lévis. He was the second son of Philippe, who was the Lord of Florensac and of Alix de Quélus. After his marriage to Alix, Dame of Cousan and daughter of Hugues Damas, Lord of Cousan and Alix of Beaujeu, Philippe became the owner of lands in Lugny in Charollais, which was one of the four largest baronies in the county and one that his descendants still hold.

This family also held fiefs in la Perrierre, le Plessis, Bragny, Ecuelle, Châtelet, la Barre, Saint-Germain-du-Plain, Ouroux, Limon, Thorey, Servigny, and Talant in Chalonnais, as well as the baronies of Bernon, Servoisy, and Lignière. François Gaston, Duke of Lévis, (1720-1787), born in Ajac (Aude), was a Marshal of France and tried in vain to save Canada. His son, Pierre Marie Gaston, was a member of the French National Assembly. The family held the hereditary titles of Duc de Venetadour, Duc de Damville, and the Duc de Fernando-Luis.

Early History of the Lavis family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lavis research. Another 36 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1230, 1647, 1717, 1719, 1787, 1785 and 1760 are included under the topic Early Lavis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lavis Spelling Variations

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 Lavis family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family was Louis Charles de Lévis (1647-1717), a French nobleman and Duke of Ventadour. François-Gaston de Lévis, Duc de Lévis (1719-1787), styled as the Chevalier de Lévis until 1785, was a nobleman and a...
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Australia Lavis migration to Australia +

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

Lavis Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Francis Lavis, British Convict who was convicted in Devon, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 27th October 1819, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [1]
  • Edwin Lavis, aged 24, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1851 [2]
  • John Lavis, aged 29, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Omega" [3]
  • Edwin Lavis, aged 24, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Lysander" [2]
  • Levi Lavis, aged 35, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "David McIvor"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Lavis 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


  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/coromandel
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Lysander.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) OMEGA 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Omega.htm


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