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The name Leveck belongs to the early history of France, in the much fought over region of Normandy. It is a product of the family's residency in Normandy.

Early Origins of the Leveck family

The surname Leveck was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy. One of the first records of the family was Ralph and John Leveske, who were listed there from 1180-98 according to the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae. [1]

The root name, Eveske, means "bishop." Interestingly, while few of the family migrated to England after the Norman Conquest, Henry Eveske was listed as living there in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273.

Robert Levesque, born in 1645, son of Pierre Levesque and Marie Gaumont, was a carpenter that arrived in New France (Quebec) from Normandy. He married Jeanne Le Chevalier in Ange-Gardien, Quebec on 22 April 1679 and together they had six children, three of which were sons that carried on the name Levesque. Robert was buried in Rivière-Ouelle, Quebec on 3 September 1699. [2]

Early History of the Leveck family

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Leveck Spelling Variations

Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations of the name Leveck, including Levesque, Lévesque, Levecke, Levek, Leveque, Lévèque, Lavesque, Levèque, Levesques, Levecque, Levecques, Lavecque, Levècque, Lévèque, Levéque and many more.

Early Notables of the Leveck family

Notable amongst the family in this period was

  • Jacob Levecq (1634-1675), born Jacques L'Evesque and also known as Jacobus Leveck, a Dutch Golden Age painter trained by Rembrandt

United States Leveck migration to the United States +

France finally gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the 1700s. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Leveck were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Leveck were

Leveck Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Anna Leveck, aged 45, arrived in New York in 1892 aboard the ship "Friesland" from Antwerp, Belgium [3]
Leveck Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Pierre Leveck, aged 31, originally from New York, arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Deutschland" from Cherbourg, France [3]
  • Mrs. Pierre Leveck, aged 31, originally from New York, arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Deutschland" from Cherbourg, France [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Leveck (post 1700) +

  • Eduardo Leveck, stage name of Eduardo Felipe Pimentel, a Brazilian singer, songwriter, writer and record producer

  1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  3. Ellis Island Search retrieved 15th November 2022. Retrieved from on Facebook