The Leavins 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 Leavins family
The surname Leavins was first found in Shropshire
where the family was anciently seated.
Early History of the Leavins family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leavins research.Another 318 words (23 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 Leavins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Leavins Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Lewin, Lewins, Lewens, Lewinson and others.
Early Notables of the Leavins family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Justinian Lewyn (Lewen) knighted May 12, 1661; and John Lowin (1576-1659), an English actor, became associated with the theatrical world by 1602. Born in... Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leavins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Leavins family to Ireland
Some of the Leavins family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Leavins family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Leavins Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- James W Leavins, who landed in Canada in 1831
- Peter Leavins, who arrived in Canada in 1831
- William G Leavins, who arrived in Canada in 1831
- Smith Peter Leavins, who landed in Canada in 1841