The surname Levelace is derived from the Old English word "laweles," which means "lawless" and is ultimately derived from the Old English word "laghles," which means "outlaw." As a surname, Levelace came from a nickname
for a person who was an outlaw, or was uncontrolled or unrestrained. The Gaelic form of the surname Levelace is Laighléis.
Early Origins of the Levelace family
The surname Levelace was first found in Glamorganshire
(Welsh: Sir Forgannwg), a region of South Wales
, anciently part of the Welsh
kingdom of Glywysing, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Levelace family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Levelace research.Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1599, 1564, 1634, 1610, 1626, 1616, 1670, 1618, 1657, 1641, 1693, 1735, 1799, 1789, 1621 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Levelace History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Levelace Spelling Variations
During an investigation of the origin of each name, it was found that church officials and medieval scribes spelled many surnames as they sounded. Therefore, during the lifetime of a single person, a name could be spelt numerous ways. Some of the spelling variations
for the name Levelace include Lawless, Lovelace, Lovelass, Loveless and others.
Early Notables of the Levelace family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family up to this time was Richard Lovelace, 1st Baron
Lovelace (1564-1634), of Hurley in the County of Berkshire, English MP and peer, High Sheriff
of Berkshire (1610) and High Sheriff
(1626); John Lovelace, 2nd Baron
Lovelace (1616-1670), British peer; Richard Lovelace (1618-1657), an English poet... Another 52 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Levelace Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Levelace family to the New World and Oceana
In the 1840s, Ireland
experienced a mass exodus to North America due to the Great Potato Famine
. These families wanted to escape from hunger and disease that was ravaging their homeland. With the promise of work, freedom and land overseas, the Irish looked upon British North America and the United States as a means of hope and prosperity. Those that survived the journey were able to achieve this through much hard work and perseverance. Early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Levelace: James Lawless who settled in Virginia in 1739; Daniel, James, John, Joseph, Michael, Miles, Patrick and Walter Lawless, all arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1860.
The Levelace Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Virtute et numine
Motto Translation: By virtue and prudence.