Early Origins of the Leverett family
The surname Leverett was first found in Suffolk
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. William Levett (ca.1200–ca.1270) was lord of the manor of the South Yorkshire
village of Hooton Levitt. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census 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)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands of Leuiet, held by a Norman noble who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086.
Early History of the Leverett family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leverett research.Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1700, 1495, 1554, 1594, 1655, 1586, 1630, 1711, 1693, 1746, 1668, 1725, 1608, 1691 and 1634 are included under the topic Early Leverett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Leverett Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Levet, Levett, Levitt, Leavett, Leavitt, Livett and many more.
Early Notables of the Leverett family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Levett (ca. 1495-1554),was an English clergyman; Thomas Levett (1594-ca. 1655), High Sheriff
of Rutland; Christopher Levett (1586-1630) was an English writer, explorer and naval captain; Sir Richard Levett (also spelled Richard Levet) (died 1711), Sheriff , Alderman and Lord Mayor of London... Another 82 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leverett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Leverett family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Leverett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Leverett (1616–1678), who landed at the Massachusetts Bay Colony with his family in 1633, he became the 19th Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (1673-1679)
Leverett Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Bernard Leverett, who settled in America from London, England, in 1904
- Cecil Leverett, aged 7, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1904
- Kath Leverett, aged 31, who landed in America from London, England, in 1904
- Leo Leverett, aged 2, who settled in America from London, England, in 1904
- Wm. Josiah Leverett, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1910
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Contemporary Notables of the name Leverett (post 1700)
- Margot Leverett, American New York-based clarinettist
- Gorham Vance "Dixie" Leverett (1894-1957), American pitcher in Major League Baseball
- John Leverett (1616-1678), English colonial magistrate, merchant, soldier and governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony
Suggested Readings for the name Leverett
- Genealogy of William Leverett, 1773-1807 by Erwin James Otis.