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The history of the Levene family goes back to the Medieval landscape of northwestern France, to the regions known as Brittany
. The name Levene is derived from the Old French word "vigne," meaning "vine," and as such it is likely that the first bearers of this name owned or worked on a vineyard.
Early Origins of the Levene family
The surname Levene was first found in Brittany
where they held a family seat
in the seigneury of Haute Morays.
Early History of the Levene family
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Levene 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 Levene, some of which include Lavigne, Levine, Levin, Levigne, Levigny, Laveine, Lavignes, Lavene, Des Vignes, deVigne, Devignes, Devigne, De lavigne and many more.
Early Notables of the Levene family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Levene family to the New World and Oceana
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 Levene were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Levene were
Levene Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Betty Levene, aged 22, who arrived in America, in 1894
Levene Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Blooma Levene, aged 9, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1907
- Becky Levene, aged 13, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1907
- Annie Levene, aged 18, who arrived in America from Dalstone, England, in 1907
- Esther Levene, aged 7, who arrived in America from Liverpool, England, in 1907
- Fanny Levene, aged 5, who arrived in America from Dalstone, England, in 1907
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Contemporary Notables of the name Levene (post 1700)
- Phoebus Aaron Theodor Levene (1869-1940), Russian/American biochemist