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Early Origins of the Levite family
The surname Levite was first found in Suffolk
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. William Levett (ca.1200–ca.1270) was lord of the manor of the South Yorkshire
village of Hooton Levitt. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands of Leuiet, held by a Norman noble who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086.
Early History of the Levite family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Levite research.Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1700, 1495, 1554, 1594, 1655, 1586, 1630, 1711, 1693, 1746, 1668, 1725, 1608, 1691 and 1634 are included under the topic Early Levite History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Levite Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Levet, Levett, Levitt, Leavett, Leavitt, Livett and many more.
Early Notables of the Levite family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Levett (ca. 1495-1554),was an English clergyman; Thomas Levett (1594-ca. 1655), High Sheriff
of Rutland; Christopher Levett (1586-1630) was an English writer, explorer and naval captain; Sir Richard Levett (also spelled Richard Levet) (died 1711), Sheriff , Alderman and Lord Mayor of London... Another 82 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Levite Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Levite family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Alice Louisa Levett, aged 28, who arrived at Ellis Island
from London, England
, in 1904; Benjamin Levett, aged 43, who arrived at Ellis Island
, in 1916.