The Levien surname comes from a Middle English given name Lefwine, which in turn comes from the Old English elements "leof," which meant "dear" or "beloved," and "wine," which meant "friend."
Early Origins of the Levien family
The surname Levien was first found in Shropshire
where the family was anciently seated.
Early History of the Levien family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Levien research.Another 318 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1010, 1086, 1275, 1292, 1327, 1661, 1712, 1820, 1661, 1576, 1659 and 1602 are included under the topic Early Levien History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Levien Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Levien include Lewin, Lewins, Lewens, Lewinson and others.
Early Notables of the Levien family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Justinian Lewyn (Lewen) knighted May 12, 1661; and John Lowin (1576-1659), an English actor, became associated with the theatrical world by 1602. Born in... Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Levien Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Levien family to Ireland
Some of the Levien family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 74 words (5 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 Levien family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Leviens to arrive on North American shores: Mary Lewin was recorded as having arrived in Virginia in 1638; Charles Lewen arrived in Maryland in 1669; William Lewin arrived in New England