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The Livengood 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."

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Livengood has been recorded under many different variations, including Lewin, Lewins, Lewens, Lewinson and others.

First found in Shropshire where the family was anciently seated.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Livengood research. Another 403 words (29 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 Livengood History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 51 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Livengood Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Livengoods were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Livengood Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • F. M. Livengood, aged 25, who settled in America, in 1906
  • William W. Livengood, aged 28, who settled in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1910
  • Samuel O. Livengood, aged 21, who emigrated to Tanesville, Ohio, in 1914
  • Alice Livengood, aged 34, who settled in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado, in 1924
  • Fay Livengood, aged 36, who settled in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado, in 1924

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  • Scott Livengood (b. 1952), American owner and chief executive officer of Dewey’s Bakery, Inc. founded in 1930, former CEO of Krispy Kreme Corporation
  • Wesley Amos Livengood (1910-1996), American professional baseball player, scout and manager
  • Victoria Livengood (b. 1959), American opera singer
  • Henry L. Livengood (1933-1988), American politician, Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1977-1988)


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The Livengood Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Livengood Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 11 April 2016 at 07:51.

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