Livesley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Livesley has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the township of Livesey which was in the parish of Blackburn in the county of Lancashire. The Livesley surname is a Habitation name that was originally derived from the place-names of pre-existing towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Livesley family

The surname Livesley was first found in Lancashire at Livesey, a township, in the parish, union, and Lower division of the hundred of Blackburn. "This place gave name to a family who resided here, and were owners of the greater part of the township. James Levesey, in the reign of Edward VI. held the estate as a manor, as did his descendant, James Levesey, in the 9th of James I." [1]

Early History of the Livesley family

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Livesley Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Livesley have been found, including Livesey, Liversay, Liversey, Livezey and others.

Early Notables of the Livesley family (pre 1700)

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United States Livesley migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Livesley, or a variant listed above:

Livesley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Livesley, aged 24, who arrived in New York in 1854 [2]

Australia Livesley migration to Australia +

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

Livesley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Livesley, (b. 1805), aged 26, English ploughman who was convicted in Chester, Cheshire, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Camden" on 21st March 1831, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Mr. Joseph Livesley, (b. 1795), aged 36, English labourer who was convicted in Chester, Cheshire, England for 7 years for larceny, transported aboard the "Camden" on 21st March 1831, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Livesley (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Livesley Plant (1819-1883), English meteorologist from Low Moor, Bradford, Yorkshire, son of George Halewood Plant, iron merchant


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 2nd December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/camden


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