Last name origins & meanings:
- Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant spelling of Levin.
- English, North German, and Dutch: from the Germanic personal name
represented by Old English Lēofwine, Saxon Liafwin,
composed of the elements lēof ‘dear’, ‘beloved’ +
- 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’.
and North German: from a Flemish saint’s name, Lefwin
(Lieven), the patron saint of Ghent (see Lewin 2).
Comments for Leven