The surname Life has two distinct possible entomological origins. Firstly, the name could have been derived from the Old English personal name
"Leofa" and/or "Leofe", both meaning "Dear" or "Beloved." Secondly, the name could have been a topographical name for someone who lived in a densely foliated area from the Middle English word "leaf."
Early Origins of the Life family
The surname Life was first found in Norfolk
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Life family
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Life Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Life has appeared include Leaf, Leaff, Leaffe, Leafe, Leif, Lief, Life, Lef, Leof, Leefe, Leve and many more.
Early Notables of the Life family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Life family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Life Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- J. Life, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ramillies" in 1849 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAMILIES 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Ramillies.htm