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Livermore is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Livermore family once lived in the parish of Great Livermere on the nearby parish of Little Livermere, which lie about six miles from the Abbey of Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk. he surname Livermore belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

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Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Livermore family name include Livermore, Livermere, Levermore and others.

First found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Livermore research. Another 246 words (18 lines of text) covering the year 1273 is included under the topic Early Livermore History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Livermore Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Livermore surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Livermore Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Livermore from Little Thurlow who arrived on the ship "Francis," and settled in New Haven Conn. in 1634
  • John Livermore, who arrived in Connecticut in 1634
  • Edward Livermore, who arrived in Maryland in 1675
  • Edward Livermore, who landed in Maryland in 1675

Livermore Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Mary Livermore, a bonded passenger who came to America in 1750

Livermore Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Rosetta Livermore, aged 21, arrived in New York in 1862

Livermore Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Verby Livermore, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mr. Moses Livermore U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784

Livermore Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Esther Livermore, aged 20, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Telegraph"

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  • Samuel Livermore (1786-1833), American lawyer and legal writer
  • John Sealy Livermore (b. 1918), American geologist
  • Norman Banks "Ike" Livermore Jr. (1911-2006), California environmentalist, lumber industry executive and state official
  • Arthur Livermore (1766-1853), United States Representative from New Hampshire
  • Samuel Livermore (1732-1803), American politician
  • Robert Thomas Livermore (1799-1858), American rancher and landowner in the early days of California
  • Mary Ashton Livermore (1820-1905), American reformer
  • Larry Livermore (b. 1947), American musician, record producer and music journalist, best known as the founder of Lookout Records
  • Mr. Vernon Livermore, English First Waiter from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Douglas Ernest Livermore (b. 1947), former English professional footballer and manager

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The Livermore Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Livermore 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.

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