Levere is a name that came to England
in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Levere family lived in Essex
, but the family can trace their roots much farther back. They were originally from Ver, near Bayeux, Normandy
where it was from the local
form of this place-name, de Ver. Their surname literally translates as from Ver.
Early Origins of the Levere family
The surname Levere was first found in Essex
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. In the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Aubrey (Albericus) de Vere (died c. 1112) was a tenant-in-chief in England
of William the Conqueror in 1086 and progenitor of the Earls of Oxford. He was one of the great landowners of England
and held his castle from the King at Hedingham in Essex
. He also held Kensington a suburb of London.
The first Earl of Oxford was Aubrey de Vere, (c. 1115-1194.) His son Robert de Vere (c. 1165-1221), 3rd Earl of Oxford was hereditary Master Chamberlain of England and was one of the guarantors of Magna Carta. This line of earls continued until Aubrey de Vere, 20th Earl of Oxford (1627-1703.) Lavenham, Suffolk, became the home of the family of the Earls of Oxford.
"The church was rebuilt in the reign of Henry VI., partly by the De Veres, earls of Oxford, who resided here, and partly by the family of Spring, wealthy clothiers. The entrance is by a porch, supposed to have been erected by John de Vere (1442-1513), the fourteenth earl of Oxford, and much enriched; over the arch is a finely-sculptured double niche, and on each side of the niche are three escutcheons, each bearing quartered coats of arms of the De Vere family." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Levere family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Levere research.Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1212, 1385, 1338, 1400, 1385, 1417, 1408, 1462, 1462, 1499, 1526, 1482, 1540, 1516, 1562, 1550, 1604, 1593, 1625, 1575, 1632, 1627 and 1703 are included under the topic Early Levere History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Levere Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Levere has been recorded under many different variations, including DeVere, DeVera, Dever, Devere, Vere, Ver, Vaire and many more.
Early Notables of the Levere family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Robert de Vere, Earl of Oxford, who was made Marquess of Dublin
in 1385 by King Richard II; Aubrey de Vere, 10th Earl of Oxford (c.
1338-1400); Richard de Vere, 11th Earl of Oxford (1385?-1417); John de Vere, 12th Earl of Oxford (1408-1462)... Another 106 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Levere Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Levere family to Ireland
Some of the Levere family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 82 words (6 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 Levere family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Leveres were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Edward Dever who settled in New London Conn. in 1811 with his family; Cornelius, Daniel, Denis, Edward, Hugh, James, John, Neil, Samuel, Thomas, and William Dever all settled in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1865.
The Levere 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: Vero nihil verius
Motto Translation: Nothing truer than truth.