Levin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

United States Levin migration to the United States +

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

New Zealand Levin 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:

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

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
  • Walter Levin (1924-2017), German founder, first violinist, and guiding spirit of the LaSalle Quartet (1947-1948)
  • Robert Levin (1912-1996), Norwegian classical pianist and composer
  • Sir Peter Levin Shaffer CBE (1926-2016), English playwright and screenwriter, awarded Academy Award for best adapted screenplay; Golden Globe for best screenplay; multiple Tony Awards and New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards for best play
  • Levin Winder (1757-1819), American politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates, 1789-93, 1806-09; Presidential Elector for Maryland, 1792; Governor of Maryland, 1812-16 [1]
  • Lieutenant-General Levin Hicks Jr. Campbell (1886-1976), American Chief of Ordnance, War Department (1942-1946) [2]

Suggested Readings for the name Levin +

  • 1566 The History and Record of the Families Levin, Garber, Rynland by Marilyn Lane Taylor.

  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  2. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 3) Levin Campbell. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Campbell/Levin_Hicks_Jr./USA.html

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