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Leven Name Meaning

Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant spelling of Levin. English, North German, and Dutch: from the Germanic personal name represented by Old English Leofwine, Saxon Liafwin, composed of the elements leof ‘dear’, ‘beloved’ + wine ‘friend’. English and Scottish: habitational name from places called Leven in East Yorkshire, Fife, and Renfrew. The first is probably from a stream name, possibly derived from a Celtic word meaning smooth (as in Welsh llyfyn). The Scottish place name is from a Gaelic river name meaning ‘elm river’. Dutch and North German: from a Flemish saint’s name, Lefwin (Lieven), the patron saint of Ghent (see Lewin 2).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Lever, Leben, Levene, Levens, Leen, Levin, Kleven, Cleven, Levins

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Where is the Leven family from?

You can see how Leven families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Leven family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Leven families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 6 Leven families living in Quebec. This was about 35% of all the recorded Leven's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Leven families in 1911.
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What did your Leven ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Leven. 24% of Leven men worked as a Salesman and 12% of Leven women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Leven were Tailor and Bookkeeper.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Salesman
    24%
  • Clerk
    13%
  • Proprietor
    8%
  • Tailor
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    12%
  • Clerk
    12%
  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Bookkeeper
    10%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Leven. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Leven. For the veterans among your Leven ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Leven lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Leven life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Leven in 1957 was 52, and 88 in 2004.

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