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

The history of the Levine family goes back to the Medieval landscape of northwestern France, to the regions known as Brittany and Normandy. The name Levine 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.

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There were a great number of spelling variations in French surnames. One reason for this was the wide variety of cultural influences present in France during the early development of the French language. The many spelling variations of the name 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.


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

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Levine Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Edward Levine, aged 32, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842

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  • David Levine (b. 1926), American artist and illustrator best known for his caricatures
  • James Levine (b. 1943), American orchestral pianist and conductor and most well known as the music director of the Metropolitan Opera in New York
  • Philip Levine (b. 1928), American poet awarded the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
  • Adam Noah Levine (b. 1979), American three-time Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter, musician and actor, best known as the lead vocalist of pop rock band Maroon 5
  • Alan Brian "Al" Levine (b. 1968), American former Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • Charles Albert Levine (1897-1991), American first passenger aboard a transatlantic flight
  • Irwin Jesse Levine (1938-1997), American songwriter, best known for co-writing "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" with L. Russell Brown
  • Frank Theodore "Ted" Levine (b. 1957), American Screen Actors Guild Award nominated actor, known for his role as Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs
  • Samuel Albert Levine (1891-1966), American cardiologist, known for developing Levine scale, Levine's sign and identifying Lown–Ganong–Levine syndrome
  • Samuel Franklin "Samm the Ma'am" Levine (b. 1982), American television and film actor

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  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Levine Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Levine 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 8 April 2015 at 12:12.

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