Livezey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Livezey date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the township of Livesey which was in the parish of Blackburn in the county of Lancashire. The Livezey 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 Livezey family

The surname Livezey 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]

Important Dates for the Livezey family

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Livezey Spelling Variations

Livezey has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Livezey have been found, including Livesey, Liversay, Liversey, Livezey and others.

Early Notables of the Livezey family (pre 1700)

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Livezey migration to the United States

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Livezeys to arrive on North American shores:

Livezey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Livezey, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682 [2]
Livezey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Livezey, who settled in Philadelphia in 1856

Citations

  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)
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