Last name origins & meanings:
- English (of Norman origin): nickname for a fleet-footed or
timid person, from Old French levre ‘hare’ (Latin lepus,
genitive leporis). It may also have been a metonymic
occupational name for a hunter of hares.
- English (of Norman origin): topographic name for
someone who lived in a place thickly grown with rushes, from Old
English lǣfer ‘rush’, ‘reed’, ‘iris’. Compare Laver
3. Great and Little Lever in Greater Manchester (formerly in
Lancashire) are named with this word (in a collective sense) and in
some cases the surname may also be derived from these places.
- English (of Norman origin): possibly from an unrecorded Middle English survival of an Old
English personal name, Lēofhere, composed of the elements
lēof ‘dear’, ‘beloved’ + here ‘army’.
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