The Leverhome name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived in the township of Great Lever in Lancashire
as well as in Little Lever the chapelry in the parish of Bolton in Lancashire
. The Leverhome family were industrialists and millers, perhaps giving rise to the modern city of Liverpool, from their own Leaver's Port.
Early Origins of the Leverhome family
The surname Leverhome was first found in Lancashire
at Little Lever, now a large village in the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton in Greater Manchester. Great Lever, a township nearby "was long held by the family of Lever, but in the 6th year of Edward IV., Sir Rauff Assheton, Knt., sued out a 'write of right of warde' against Roger Lever, for the recovery of the manor, and obtained judgment against him at the assizes of Lancaster. Lever, however, with a number of dependants of his name, and a large concourse of persons, many of whom had been outlawed, riotously broke into Lancaster Castle, and carried off the record of recovery. Sir Rauff complaining of this outrage to the two houses of parliament, they ordained that the copy of the record which was annexed to his petition should be of the same force and efficacy as the original; and the justices thereupon ordered execution to issue, and reinstated him in the possession, which, notwithstanding, was not undisturbed until some time after. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
The village's name was derived from the Old English word "laefre," which means "place where the rushes grow." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4) The first listing of the place name was found in 1212 when it was listed as Parua Lefre. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4) Nearby is Darcy Lever which was the ancestral home of the D'Arcy family since 1590.
Early History of the Leverhome family
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Leverhome Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Leverhome has undergone many spelling variations
, including Lever, Leaver, Leyver and others.
Early Notables of the Leverhome family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Leverhome family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Leverhome were among those contributors: Ashton Lever and James Lever, who settled in Maryland in 1775; Adam, James, John, Lawrence, and William Lever, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.