Leven Family History
Leven Name Meaning
Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant spelling of Levin. English, North German, and Dutch: from the Germanic personal name represented by Old English Leofwine, Saxon Liafwin, composed of the elements leof ‘dear’, ‘beloved’ + wine ‘friend’. 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’. Dutch and North German: from a Flemish saint’s name, Lefwin (Lieven), the patron saint of Ghent (see Lewin 2).
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press