Last name origins & meanings:
- Scottish: habitational name from a place in Lothian, originally
named in Middle English as Levingston, from an owner called
Levin (see Lewin 1), who appears in charters of David I
in the early 12th century.
- Irish: name adopted as equivalent of
Gaelic Ó Duinnshléibhe and Mac Duinnshléibhe
- Americanized form of Jewish
- This is the name of an influential family of colnial and postcolonial America.
The founder was Robert Livingston (1654–1728), who was taken by his
father to the Netherlands, where he grew up bilingual. This gave him a
particular advantage in the former territory of New Netherland, to
which he emigrated in 1673. Among other offices, he held that of
commissioner of Indian affairs. He married Alida Schuyler, widow of
Nicolaes van Rensselaer, which gave him access to the highest and most
influential families of NY. He acquired huge land holdings along
the Hudson River, upon which he served as lord of the manor. His grandsons
were Philip (1716–78), who signed the Declaration of Independence,
and William (1723–90), first governor of NJ, who was a signer of the
Constitution. A great-grandson, Robert R. Livingston (1746–1813),
as minister to France, negotiated the purchase of LA in 1803.
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