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Where did the French Levin family come from? What is the French Levin family crest and coat of arms? When did the Levin family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Levin family history?

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.


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.

First found in Brittany where they held a family seat in the seigneury of Haute Morays.


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.


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


Approximately 110 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. 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


  • 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


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

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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.

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