Early Origins of the Leavett family
The surname Leavett was first found in Suffolk
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. William Levett (ca.1200–ca.1270) was lord of the manor of the South Yorkshire
village of Hooton Levitt. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands of Leuiet, held by a Norman noble who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086.
Early History of the Leavett family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leavett research.Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1700, 1495, 1554, 1594, 1655, 1586, 1630, 1711, 1693, 1746, 1668, 1725, 1608, 1691 and 1634 are included under the topic Early Leavett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Leavett Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Levet, Levett, Levitt, Leavett, Leavitt, Livett and many more.
Early Notables of the Leavett family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Levett (ca. 1495-1554),was an English clergyman; Thomas Levett (1594-ca. 1655), High Sheriff
of Rutland; Christopher Levett (1586-1630) was an English writer, explorer and naval captain; Sir Richard Levett (also spelled Richard Levet) (died 1711), Sheriff , Alderman and Lord Mayor of London... Another 82 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leavett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Leavett family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Leavett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- W K Leavett, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)