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Where did the Scottish Leavell family come from? What is the Scottish Leavell family crest and coat of arms? When did the Leavell family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Leavell family history?

The Leavell surname is derived from the Norman French word "lou," meaning "wolf," with the diminutive suffix "el."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Lovell, Lowell, Lovel, Leavell, Lowles and others.

First found in Roxburghshire, where a branch of the Lovels, barons of Castle Cary, Somersetheld lands.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leavell research. Another 333 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1454, 1483, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Leavell History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leavell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Leavell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 66 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Leavell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • J.T. Leavell, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1905
  • John Thorn Leavell, aged 38, who emigrated to America, in 1906
  • Lila Leavell, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Mrs. Gray Leavell, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States, in 1915
  • Frank Leavell, aged 39, who emigrated to the United States, in 1923

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  • Allen Frazier "Chuck" Leavell (b. 1957), retired American professional NBA basketball player
  • Charles Alfred "Chuck" Leavell (b. 1952), American pianist and keyboardist, member of The Allman Brothers Band
  • William Hayne Leavell (1850-1930), American Democrat politician, U.S. Minister to Guatamala, 1913-18
  • Elizabeth Oliver Leavell (1871-1952), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1928


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  3. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
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  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  9. 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).
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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The Leavell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Leavell Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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