Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Livezay is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the township of Livesey which was in the parish of Blackburn in the county of Lancashire
. The Livezay 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 Livezay family
The surname Livezay 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Livezay family
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Livezay Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Livezay has been spelled many different ways, including Livesey, Liversay, Liversey, Livezey and others.
Early Notables of the Livezay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Livezay family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Livezays to arrive in North America: Robert Livezey settled in Philadelphia in 1856; John Livesey settled in Philadelphia in 1833; Thomas Livesey arrived in Philadelphia in 1863.