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The Leaven 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 Leaven family


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

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Early History of the Leaven family

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Early History of the Leaven family


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Another 403 words (29 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 Leaven History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Leaven Spelling Variations

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Leaven Spelling Variations


Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Leaven family name include Lewin, Lewins, Lewens, Lewinson and others.

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Early Notables of the Leaven family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Leaven family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Leaven family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Leaven family to the New World and Oceana


To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Leaven family to immigrate North America: Mary Lewin was recorded as having arrived in Virginia in 1638; Charles Lewen arrived in Maryland in 1669; William Lewin arrived in New England in 1712.

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