Lyvesy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Lyvesy is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in the township of Livesey which was in the parish of Blackburn in the county of Lancashire. The Lyvesy 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 Lyvesy family
The surname Lyvesy 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." 
Early History of the Lyvesy family
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Lyvesy Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Lyvesy were recorded, including Livesey, Liversay, Liversey, Livezey and others.
Early Notables of the Lyvesy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Lyvesy family
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Lyvesy family emigrate to North America: Robert Livezey settled in Philadelphia in 1856; John Livesey settled in Philadelphia in 1833; Thomas Livesey arrived in Philadelphia in 1863.