Levek History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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

Early Origins of the Levek family

The surname Levek 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 (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 the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273.

Robert Levesque, born in 1645, son of Pierre Levesque and Marie Gaumont, was a carpenter that arrived in New Quebec from Normandy. He married Jeanne Le Chevalier in Ange-Gardien, Quebec on 22nd 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 3rd September 1699. [2]

Important Dates for the Levek family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Levek research. Another 192 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1792, 1807, 1809, and 1815 are included under the topic Early Levek History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Levek Spelling Variations

History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations of the name Levek, some of which include Levesque, Lévesque, Levecke, Levek, Leveque, Lévèque, Lavesque, Levèque, Levesques, Levecque, Levecques, Lavecque, Levècque, Lévèque, Levéque and many more.

Early Notables of the Levek family (pre 1700)

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Levek Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Levek migration to the United States

France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Levek has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Levek were

Levek Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • C. Levek, who settled in San Francisco in 1851

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Citations

  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
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