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The ancient history of the Leaver name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in the township of Great Lever in Lancashire as well as in Little Lever the chapelry in the parish of Bolton in Lancashire. The Leaver family were industrialists and millers, perhaps giving rise to the modern city of Liverpool, from their own Leaver's Port.

Leaver Early Origins



The surname Leaver was first found in Lancashire at Little Lever, now a large village in the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton in Greater Manchester. Great Lever, a township nearby "was long held by the family of Lever, but in the 6th year of Edward IV., Sir Rauff Assheton, Knt., sued out a 'write of right of warde' against Roger Lever, for the recovery of the manor, and obtained judgment against him at the assizes of Lancaster. Lever, however, with a number of dependants of his name, and a large concourse of persons, many of whom had been outlawed, riotously broke into Lancaster Castle, and carried off the record of recovery. Sir Rauff complaining of this outrage to the two houses of parliament, they ordained that the copy of the record which was annexed to his petition should be of the same force and efficacy as the original; and the justices thereupon ordered execution to issue, and reinstated him in the possession, which, notwithstanding, was not undisturbed until some time after. " [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

The village's name was derived from the Old English word "laefre," which means "place where the rushes grow." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The first listing of the place name was found in 1212 when it was listed as Parua Lefre. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Nearby is Darcy Lever which was the ancestral home of the D'Arcy family since 1590.


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Leaver Spelling Variations


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Leaver Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Leaver include Lever, Leaver, Leyver and others.

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Leaver Early History


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Leaver Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leaver research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1521, 1577, 1551 and 1553 are included under the topic Early Leaver History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Leaver Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Leaver Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leaver Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Leaver or a variant listed above:

Leaver Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Benjamin Leaver, aged 31, landed in Missouri in 1848
  • Christian Leaver, who arrived in Iowa in 1879
  • Adam Leaver, who arrived in Iowa in 1879

Leaver Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Leaver, who landed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Leaver Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Leaver arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1849
  • William Leaver arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Simlah" in 1849
  • John Leaver arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Samuel Boddington" in 1851

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Contemporary Notables of the name Leaver (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Leaver (post 1700)



  • Henrietta Leaver (1916-1993), American crowned Miss America on September 7, 1935
  • Howard W. Leaver, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 18th District, 1958
  • Frederick E. Leaver, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Port Sydney, 1884
  • Frederick E. Leaver, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Lingan, 1884
  • C. B. Leaver, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 17th District, 1946, 1950, 1952
  • Noel Harry Leaver (1889-1951), English painter and teacher
  • James "Jimmy" Leaver (1898-1959), English professional footballer
  • Brett Leaver (b. 1970), former field hockey player from New Zealand
  • Huggy Leaver, British actor and former vocalist

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Leaver Historic Events


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Leaver Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Clifford Leaver, British Stoker 2ne Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Francis Samuel Leaver (1924-1942), British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking, was listed as missing presumed killed in the evacuation of Singapore in 1942

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  3. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The Leaver Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Leaver 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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