Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Liwer is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the township of Great Lever in Lancashire
as well as in Little Lever the chapelry in the parish of Bolton in Lancashire
. The Liwer family were industrialists and millers, perhaps giving rise to the modern city of Liverpool, from their own Leaver's Port.
Early Origins of the Liwer family
The surname Liwer was first found in Lancashire
at Little Lever, now a large village in the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton in Greater Manchester. Great Lever, a township nearby "was long held by the family of Lever, but in the 6th year of Edward IV., Sir Rauff Assheton, Knt., sued out a 'write of right of warde' against Roger Lever, for the recovery of the manor, and obtained judgment against him at the assizes of Lancaster. Lever, however, with a number of dependants of his name, and a large concourse of persons, many of whom had been outlawed, riotously broke into Lancaster Castle, and carried off the record of recovery. Sir Rauff complaining of this outrage to the two houses of parliament, they ordained that the copy of the record which was annexed to his petition should be of the same force and efficacy as the original; and the justices thereupon ordered execution to issue, and reinstated him in the possession, which, notwithstanding, was not undisturbed until some time after. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
The village's name was derived from the Old English word "laefre," which means "place where the rushes grow." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4) The first listing of the place name was found in 1212 when it was listed as Parua Lefre. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4) Nearby is Darcy Lever which was the ancestral home of the D'Arcy family since 1590.
Early History of the Liwer family
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Liwer 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. Liwer has been spelled many different ways, including Lever, Leaver, Leyver and others.
Early Notables of the Liwer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Liwer 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 Liwers to arrive in North America: Ashton Lever and James Lever, who settled in Maryland in 1775; Adam, James, John, Lawrence, and William Lever, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.