Levi History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Levi is a proud symbol of ancient Jewish culture. Before the late Middle Ages, people were known only by a single name. However, as the population increased and travelers set out on their journeys, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves. Jewish hereditary surnames were adopted from a variety of different sources.Two of the most common types of Jewish family names are patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. Levi is a Jewish name that was originally derived from the Hebrew male given name Levi, which means joining. The name was extremely popular because it was borne by Levi, the son of the Biblical figures Jacob and Leah, who was the Hebrew patriarch and the ancestor of the Levites. The Levites, the Israelite tribe that was not alloted land, were the priests or assistants of the priest in the temple.


United States Levi migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Levi Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alfred S. Levi, aged 7, who immigrated to America from Wiesbaden, in 1892
  • Amalie Levi, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States from Saudinbach, in 1892
Levi Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Agostino Levi, aged 23, who settled in America from Campodolcino, Italy, in 1908
  • Abraham Levi, aged 16, who landed in America from Leeds, England, in 1909
  • Adele C. Levi, aged 38, who settled in America, in 1909
  • Adolf Levi, aged 22, who landed in America from Frankfurt, Germany, in 1910
  • Abraham L Levi, aged 40, who immigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Levi migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Levi Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Solomon Levi, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1849 [1]
  • Ann Levi, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Inconstant" in 1849 [2]

New Zealand Levi migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Levi Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Levi, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Mr. Levi, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Royal Albert" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 6th March 1853 [3]
  • Mrs. Levi, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Royal Albert" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 6th March 1853 [3]
  • Mr. Bernard Levi, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Anne Longton" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 9th October 1857 [4]
  • Mrs. Julia Levi, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Anne Longton" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 9th October 1857 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Levi (post 1700) +

  • David F. Levi (b. 1951), American jurist
  • Wayne John Levi (b. 1952), American golfer
  • Arrigo Levi (1926-2020), Italian journalist, essayist, and television anchorman
  • Yehuda Levi (b. 1926), Rector and Professor of Electro-optics at the Jerusalem College of Technology
  • Eugenio Elia Levi (1883-1917), Italian mathematician
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Daniel Levi (1888-1966), German mathematician
  • Primo Levi (1919-1987), Italian writer and chemist
  • John Levi Sheppard (1852-1902), American Democrat politician, State court judge in Texas, 1886-96; U.S. Representative from Texas 4th District, 1899-1902; Died in office 1902
  • Clinton Levi Merriam (1824-1900), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from New York, 1871-75 [5]
  • Walter Levi Payne, American Republican politician, Kansas State Treasurer, 1917-21 [5]


  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DAVID MALCOLM 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849DavidMalcolm.htm
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The INCONSTANT the Voyage - 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Inconstant.htm
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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