leavitt

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. English: (of Norman origin) nickname from Anglo-Norman French leuet ‘wolf cub’ (see Low 3).
  2. English: habitational name from any of the various places in Normandy called Livet. All are of obscure, presumably Gaulish, etymology.
  3. English: from the Middle English personal name Lefget, Old English Lēofgēat, composed of the elements lēof ‘dear’, ‘beloved’ + the tribal name Gēat (see Jocelyn).
  4. English: possibly from an unrecorded Middle English survival of the Old English female personal name Lēofḡð, composed of the elements lēof ‘dear’, ‘beloved’ + ḡð ‘battle’.
  5. English: Early American Leavitts include John Leavitt, who was born 1608 in England and married in Hingham, MA, in 1637. His descendants spread to NH.
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