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Leven Name Meaning

North German: from the ancient Germanic personal name represented by Old English Lēofwine composed of the elements lēof ‘dear beloved’ + wine ‘friend’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Levin 1 and English and Scottish: habitational name from a place called Leven in East Yorkshire or possibly from Levens in Cumbria. The Yorkshire place probably takes its name from a lost river name of British origin perhaps meaning ‘the slow moving one’. The Cumbrian placename derives from the Old English personal name Lēofa ‘dear beloved’ + Old English næss ‘promontory headland’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

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 USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Leven family living in North Carolina. This was about 33% of all the recorded Leven's in USA. North Carolina and 2 other states had the highest population of Leven families in 1840.
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What did your Leven ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Leven. 24% of Leven men worked as a Salesman and 12% of Leven women worked as a Clerk. 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.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Salesman
  • Clerk
  • Proprietor
  • Tailor

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
  • Bookkeeper
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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 the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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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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