Lewin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Lewin 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 Lewin family

The surname Lewin was first found in Shropshire where the family was anciently seated.

Important Dates for the Lewin family

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Lewin Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Lewin, Lewins, Lewens, Lewinson and others.

Early Notables of the Lewin 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...
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Lewin migration to the United States

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Lewin name or one of its variants:

Lewin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mary Lewin was recorded as having arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • Mary Lewin, who landed in Virginia in 1638 [1]
  • Philip Lewin, who landed in Maryland in 1659 [1]
  • William Lewin, who landed in Virginia in 1662 [1]
  • Thomas Lewin, who landed in Maryland in 1667 [1]
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Lewin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Lewin, who arrived in New England in 1712 [1]
  • William Lewin, who arrived in New England in 1712
Lewin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Lewin, who landed in New York, NY in 1833 [1]
  • J Lewin, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1834 [1]
  • Fredrik Oscar Lewin, aged 28, who landed in New York in 1844 [1]
  • Clara Charlotta Lewin, aged 38, who arrived in New York in 1845 [1]
  • Paulina Lewin, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [1]
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Lewin migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Lewin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Lewin, English convict from Leicester, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]
  • C. Lewin, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Watson" in 1849 [3]

Lewin migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Lewin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Albert Lewin, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th October 1859 [4]
  • Matilda Lewin, aged 12, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1874
  • James Lewin, aged 22, a farm labourer, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875
  • Mr. Alex Lewin, (b. 1857), aged 21, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Western Monarch" arriving in New Zealand in 1879 [5]
  • Mrs. Mary E Lewin, (b. 1855), aged 23, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Western Monarch" arriving in New Zealand in 1879 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Lewin (post 1700)

  • Stuart Lewin, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Great Falls, Montana, 2011 [6]
  • Nettie Lewin, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1964 [6]
  • Louis Lewin, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 9th District, 1910 [6]
  • Kermit Lewin, American politician, Mayor of Key West, Florida, 1963-69 [6]
  • Herbert G. Lewin (1914-2010), American politician, Candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania, 1950, 1958; Militant Workers Candidate for U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, 1956 [6]
  • Edith LeWin, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1996 [6]
  • Albert H. Lewin, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 20th District, 1942 [6]
  • Albert Lewin (1894-1968), American filmmaker, producer and screenwriter
  • Derek Lewin (1930-2019), English amateur international footballer
  • Pilot Officer Raymond Mayhew Lewin GC (1915-1941), British Air Force officer awarded the George Cross for the courage he showed in rescuing his co-pilot from their burning plane
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Historic Events for the Lewin family

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Frederick Guy Lewin, English 1st Class Passenger from Kingsbury, London, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [7]

Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1826
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque WILLIAM WATSON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849WilliamWatson.htm
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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