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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.

Leuven Early Origins



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

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Leuven Spelling Variations


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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.

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Leuven Early History


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Leuven Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leuven research. Another 214 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leuven History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Leuven Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Leuven Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Leuven 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



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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Leuven (post 1700)


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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
  • Buell H. Van Leuven, American Republican politician, Mayor of Petoskey, Michigan, 1935-40
  • A. Van Leuven, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 1st District, 1863-65

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Leuven Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    3. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    7. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    8. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    9. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    The Leuven Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Leuven 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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