Origins Available: English
The history of the Leffington family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in the region of Lavington.
Leffington is a habitation
name from the broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local
names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.
Early Origins of the Leffington family
The surname Leffington was first found in Wiltshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Leffington family
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Leffington 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 Leffington include Lavington, Lavinton, Levington, Levinton, Levyngton and many more.
Early Notables of the Leffington family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Leffington family to the New World and Oceana
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 Leffington or a variant listed above: Abell Lavington, who sailed to America in 1658; and William Lavington to Barbados in 1679.