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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016

Origins Available: English, Scottish


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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  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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  10. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. 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.

This page was last modified on 19 November 2012 at 14:16.

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