Noble surnames, such as Levey, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the French people. The original bearer of the name Levey, which is a local
surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful île-de-France region. In France, hereditary surnames
were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local
names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The Levey family originally derived its surname from the name of the place in Levy Saint Nom in île-de-France.
Early Origins of the Levey family
The surname Levey was first found in île-de-France, where this remarkable family has been traced since the 12th century.
The family branched into several other regions throughout France, and held lands and estates. One such branch extended to Bourgogne from Lugny in the 1400's, by Eustache de Lévis. He was the second son of Philippe, who was the Lord of Florensac and of Alix de Quélus. After his marriage to Alix, Dame of Cousan and daughter of Hugues Damas, Lord of Cousan and Alix of Beaujeu, Philippe became the owner of lands in Lugny in Charollais, which was one of the four largest baronies in the county and one that his descendants still hold.
This family also held fiefs in la Perrierre, le Plessis, Bragny, Ecuelle, Châtelet, la Barre, Saint-Germain-du-Plain, Ouroux, Limon, Thorey, Servigny, and Talant in Chalonnais, as well as the baronies of Bernon, Servoisy, and Lignière. François Gaston, Duke of Lévis, (1720-1787), born in Ajac (Aude), was a Marshal of France and tried in vain to save Canada. His son, Pierre Marie Gaston, was a member of the French National Assembly. The family held the hereditary titles of Duc de Venetadour, Duc de Damville, and the Duc de Fernando-Luis.
Early History of the Levey family
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Levey Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Lévis, Lévi, Lévie, Le Vie, de Lévis, de Lévie, de Lévis, Lévy, Levison, Levisonne, Levisonnes, Levisson, Levissonne, Levissonnes, Levisons, Levissons, Levisont, Levisonts, Levisond, Levisonds, Levey, Lévee, Levis and many more.
Early Notables of the Levey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Levey family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Levey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Florence Levey, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893
- C. Levey, aged 49, who landed in America, in 1894
Levey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Charles B. Levey, who emigrated to the United States, in 1904
- Emma Levey, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1905
- A. B. Levey, aged 37, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
- Frank H. Levey, aged 41, who settled in America from High Badin England, in 1908
- Chas. J. Levey, aged 63, who landed in America from Cape Colony, Capetown, in 1909
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Contemporary Notables of the name Levey (post 1700)
- Stuart A. Levey, American first Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence
- Stanley Levey (1914-1971), American journalist for the New York Times, CBS News and Scripps-Howard Newspapers
- Edgar C. Levey (1881-1962), American politician, 42nd Speaker of the California Assembly
- Brian Levey (b. 1984), American soccer goalkeeper for the Real Maryland Monarchs
- Sir Michael Vincent Levey LVO (1927-2008), British art historian, Director of the National Gallery (1973 to 1986)
- Gregory Levey (b. 1978), Canadian journalist from Toronto
- Elliot Levey, English stage, television and film actor
- Barnett Levey (1798-1837), Australian pioneer
The Levey 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: Aide dieu au second Chretien Levis
Motto Translation: God help the second Chretien Levis
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