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The history of the Levin family goes back to the Medieval landscape of northwestern France, to the regions known as Brittany and Normandy. The name Levin is derived from the Old French word "vigne," meaning "vine," and as such it is likely that the first bearers of this name owned or worked on a vineyard.

Levin Early Origins



The surname Levin was first found in Brittany where they held a family seat in the seigneury of Haute Morays.

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Levin Spelling Variations


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Levin Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of French surnames; in part, as spelling, and the spelling names was not yet standardized during the early development of the written French language. Later, there was much branching and movement of families, and spellings would change according to region. Variations of the name Levin include Lavigne, Levine, Levin, Levigne, Levigny, Laveine, Lavignes, Lavene, Des Vignes, deVigne, Devignes, Devigne, De lavigne and many more.

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Levin Early History


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Levin Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Levin research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Levin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Levin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Levin Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Levin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Approximately 110 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebe c. France gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. Migration to New France (Quebec) continued from France until it fell in 1759. In the year 1675 the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Levin has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Levin were

Levin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Lewis Levin arrived in South Carolina in 1824

Levin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

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



  • 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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    6. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
    7. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    8. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
    9. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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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 16 October 2013 at 16:09.

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