Leuven History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Leuven name is generally thought to have evolved from a place name to a surname. There was a Lauffen in Wurtemberg, as well as places called Laufen and Lauf in other parts of the Holy Roman Empire. Versions of the name that evolve from the word "läufer," which meant "runner," are thought to have originally been an occupational name for a messenger. There is also a Jewish Ashkenazic name Leuven.

Early Origins of the Leuven family

The surname Leuven was first found in Wurtemberg, and later in Switzerland, where the Lauffer spelling was most common.

Important Dates for the Leuven family

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Leuven Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Lorfing, Laurfing, Lauerfingen, Leurvin, Laufer, Lauffer, Lauffen, Leuvelin, Leuven, Leirven and many more.

Early Notables of the Leuven family (pre 1700)

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Leuven migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Leuven Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mary Katryn Leuven, who arrived in New York in 1709 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Leuven (post 1700)

  • Holly G. Van Leuven, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 97th District, 1978 [2]
  • Buell H. Van Leuven, American Republican politician, Mayor of Petoskey, Michigan, 1935-40 [2]
  • A. Van Leuven, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 1st District, 1863-65 [2]

Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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