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Levine History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Origins Available: English, French, Jewish

The name Levine 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. Levine 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.

Early Origins of the Levine family

Migration of the Levine family to the New World and Oceana

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Levine Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

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

Contemporary Notables of the name Levine (post 1700)

  • Harold I. Levine (1922-2017), American mathematician who was professor at Stanford University
  • Stephen Levine (1937-2016), American poet, author and teacher
  • Donald Nathan Levine (1931-2015), American sociologist, educator, social theorist and writer
  • Nat Levine (1899-1989), American film producer who produced 105 films between 1921 and 1946
  • Samuel Franklin "Samm the Ma'am" Levine (b. 1982), American television and film actor
  • Samuel Albert Levine (1891-1966), American cardiologist, known for developing Levine scale, Levine's sign and identifying Lown–Ganong–Levine syndrome
  • 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
  • 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
  • Charles Albert Levine (1897-1991), American first passenger aboard a transatlantic flight
  • Alan Brian "Al" Levine (b. 1968), American former Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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