The Leven surname comes from a Middle English given name Lefwine, which in turn comes from the Old English elements "leof," which meant "dear" or "beloved," and "wine," which meant "friend."
Early Origins of the Leven family
The surname Leven was first found in Shropshire
where the family was anciently seated.
Early History of the Leven family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leven research.Another 318 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1010, 1086, 1275, 1292, 1327, 1661, 1712, 1820, 1661, 1576, 1659 and 1602 are included under the topic Early Leven History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Leven Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Lewin, Lewins, Lewens, Lewinson and others.
Early Notables of the Leven family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Justinian Lewyn (Lewen) knighted May 12, 1661; and John Lowin (1576-1659), an English actor, became associated with the theatrical world by 1602. Born in... Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leven Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Leven family to Ireland
Some of the Leven family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 74 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Leven family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Leven Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Mr. George Leven, aged 20 who was a Seaman aboard the ship "Gilmour" taking passenger to Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died at Grosse Isle on 15th June 1847 in the typhus epidemic CITATION[CLOSE]
Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 62)
Contemporary Notables of the name Leven (post 1700)
- Major-General Leven Cooper Allen (1894-1979), American Chairman of the War Department Manpower Board (1946-1947) CITATION[CLOSE]
Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 6) Leven Allen. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Allen/Leven_Cooper/USA.html
- Leven Handy Ellis (b. 1881), American Democrat politician, Member of Alabama State Senate, 1927-31; Member of Alabama State House of Representatives, 1936-43; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1940, 1948; Lieutenant Governor of Alabama, 1943-47