The Leween surname comes from a Middle English given name Lefwine, which in turn comes from the Old English elements "leof," which meant "dear" or "beloved," and "wine," which meant "friend."
Early Origins of the Leween family
The surname Leween was first found in Shropshire
where the family was anciently seated.
Early History of the Leween family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leween research.Another 318 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1010, 1086, 1275, 1292, 1327, 1661, 1712, 1820, 1661, 1576, 1659 and 1602 are included under the topic Early Leween History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Leween Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Lewin, Lewins, Lewens, Lewinson and others.
Early Notables of the Leween family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Justinian Lewyn (Lewen) knighted May 12, 1661; and John Lowin (1576-1659), an English actor, became associated with the theatrical world by 1602. Born in... Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leween Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Leween family to Ireland
Some of the Leween family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 74 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Leween family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Leween or a variant listed above: Mary Lewin was recorded as having arrived in Virginia in 1638; Charles Lewen arrived in Maryland in 1669; William Lewin arrived in New England