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The Livingston surname is habitational, derived from a place named Livingstone (Levingston) in the parish of Linlithgow, West Lothian. The earliest progenitor of the Clan was Livingus, who was at least a noble. Some historians even say that he was a knight of the Hungarian court, who accompanied Margaret, wife of King Malcolm Ceanmore of Scotland, on her journey to Scotland. Other historians claim that Livingus was actually a Saxon who joined the train of Queen Margaret on her way through England and Scotland. In any case, records show he called his territories Levingestun, and that the church of "Leuiggestun," and "a half carucate of land and a toft" were granted to the Monks of Holyrood in the 12th century.

Livingston Early Origins



The surname Livingston was first found in West Lothian. From this small beginning the Clan would grow into the nobility of Scotland and achieve the Earldoms of Callander, Linlithgow and Newburgh; the viscountcies of Kilsyth, Kinnaird and Teviot and the Lordships of Livingston.

Such was the power of this great Clan, that when William Douglas assumed the Regency of Scotland, from his father, the Earl of Douglas who became regent in 1437, he persuaded Lord Livingston to enter into a compact with him to become the Lieutenant of Scotland. When King James II came of age, William Douglas turned on the Livingston Clan, executed the Chief and seized many of their lands. For the next century the Livingston Clan, probably numbering over a thousand armed warriors, was a power unto itself in its home territories in Linlithgow, and they became hereditary keepers of the Royal Palace.


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Livingston Spelling Variations


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Livingston Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Livingston, Levinson, Livingstone, Livington, Levinston, Levingston, Lewynston, MacLeay and many more.

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Livingston Early History


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Livingston Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Livingston research. Another 387 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1553, 1715, 1390, 1460, 1467, 1483, 1623, 1600, 1590, 1674, 1616, 1690, 1654, 1728 and 1728 are included under the topic Early Livingston History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Livingston Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Livingston Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Livingston (ca.1390-ca.1460), Abbot-elect of Newbattle, Abbot of Dundrennan, nominal Bishop of Dunkeld, advisor to Kings James I and James II of Scotland; James Livingstone (d. 1467), 1st Lord Livingston; James Livingston, Bishop of Dunkeld, who was elected Chancellor of Scotland in 1483; Alexander Livingstone...

Another 78 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Livingston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Livingston In Ireland


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Livingston In Ireland



Some of the Livingston family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Livingston Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Livingston (1654-1728), of Scottish descent, was raised in Holland before arriving in Albany in 1672, where he was a colonial politician and landowner (of Livingstone Manor), and became the secretary for Indian affairs in New York province. He was the start of a line of American statesmen, diplomats, and jurists, including his son Phillip Livingston (1716-1778) of New York, NY a signer of the American Declaration of Independence
  • Robert Livingston, who arrived in Albany, NY in 1673

Livingston Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Donald Livingston, who settled in New York in 1739 with his wife Isabel and two sons John and Duncan
  • Alexander Livingston, who landed in Virginia in 1754
  • William Livingston, who came to Virginia in 1772
  • Isaac Livingston, who landed in South Carolina in 1772
  • George Livingston, a 22-year-old mason who sailed aboard the "Gale" in 1774, bound for New York, NY
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Livingston Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Livingston, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Gordon Livingston, aged 21, arrived in South Carolina in 1812
  • Robert Y Livingston, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1813
  • Hugh Livingston, who settled in Charleston in 1820
  • Henry Livingston, who landed in New York in 1822
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Livingston Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Jacob Livingston, who landed in Mississippi in 1900
  • Robert F Livingston, who arrived in Arkansas in 1901

Livingston Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John Livingston U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Neil Livingston U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. William Livingston U.E. who settled in Augusta, Ontario c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. William Livingston U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Daniel Livingston U.E., "Livingstone" who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Livingston Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Dond Livingston, who arrived in Canada in 1812
  • Dond, Livingston Jr., who arrived in Canada in 1812
  • Miles Livingston, who landed in Canada in 1812
  • Miles Livingston, who arrived in Canada in 1815
  • Donald Livingston, who landed in Canada in 1817
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Livingston Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Livingston arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846
  • Duncan Livingston, aged 41, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1851
  • Christina Livingston, aged 25, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1851
  • Bell Livingston, aged 21, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1851
  • Malcolm Livingston, aged 17, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Livingston Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • David Livingston, aged 24, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • James Livingston, aged 42, a farm labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • Mary Livingston, aged 39, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • James Livingston, aged 10, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • John Livingston, aged 7, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Livingston (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Livingston (post 1700)



  • William Samuel Livingston (1920-2013), American political science professor and academic, acting president of the University of Texas at Austin (1992-1993)
  • William Livingston (1723-1790), American Governor of New Jersey (17761790) during the American Revolutionary War, signer of the United States Constitution
  • Stanley Livingston (b. 1950), American actor, best known for his role as Chip on the TV show "My Three Sons"
  • Shaun Livingston (b. 1985), American professional basketball player
  • Ronald Joseph "Ron" Livingston (b. 1967), American actor
  • Robert Livingston (1708-1790), the third Lord of Livingston Manor
  • Peter R. Livingston (1766-1847), Acting New York Lieutenant Governor
  • Henry Walter Livingston (1768-1810), United States Representative from New York
  • Henry Brockholst Livingston (1757-1823), U.S. Supreme Court Justice
  • Edward Philip Livingston (1779-1843), American politician, New York Lieutenant Governor
  • ... (Another 102 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Livingston


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Suggested Readings for the name Livingston



  • A Biographical History of Clermont, or Livingston Manor by Thomas Streatfeild Clarkson.

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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Si je puis
Motto Translation: If I can.


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Livingston Clan Badge


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Livingston Clan Badge




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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Livingston
Leffingston, Leffington, Leffinson, Leffinston, Lefingston, Lefington, Lefinson, Lefinston, Leuynston, Levingstolm, Levingstom, Levingstomb, Levingstome, Levingston, Levingstone, Levingstoom, Levingstown, Levingstum, Levingstume, Levinson, Levinston, Lewynston, Livingstolm, Livingstom, Livingstomb, Livingstome, Livingston, Livingstone, Livingstoom, Livingstown, Livingstum, Livingstume, Livington, Livinson, Livinston, Llewynston, Lovingstolm, Lovingstom, Lovingstomb, Lovingstome, Lovingston, Lovingstone, Lovingstoom, Lovingstown, Lovingstum, Lovingstume, Lovington, Lovinson, Lovinston, Lyvingstolm and more.

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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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  2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  3. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  4. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  5. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Livingston Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Livingston 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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