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Multiple Origins for the Surname Levin



The name Levin 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. Levin 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.

Levin Early Origins




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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Levin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Lewis Levin, who arrived in South Carolina in 1824

Levin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Nathaniel William Levin, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Robert Levin, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
  • Lewis Levin, aged 34, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Schiehallion" in 1872

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Contemporary Notables of the name Levin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Levin (post 1700)



  • Ida Levin (1963-2016), American concert violinist
  • Ira Levin (1929-2007), American author, dramatist and songwriter
  • Janna J. Levin (b. 1967), American theoretical cosmologist
  • Beth Levin (b. 1950), American classical pianist
  • Alan Levin (1926-2006), three-time Emmy Award-winning American filmmaker and journalist
  • Robert Levin (1912-1996), Norwegian classical pianist and composer

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Suggested Readings for the name Levin


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Suggested Readings for the name Levin



  • The History and Record of the Families Levin, Garber, Rynland by Marilyn Lane Taylor.

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Levin Family Crest Products


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Levin Family Crest Products




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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    4. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    8. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
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    The Levin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Levin Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 9 January 2017 at 09:15.

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