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Leven Surname Origin
(Locality). A river in Lancashire, England, also a town, lake, and river in Lennox, Scotland, whence the county derives its name. (See Lennox.) From the Welsh Llyfn, smooth, placid--the smooth river. The Gaelic Liomha-abhainn, pronounced Le-avon, signifies the same thing.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
Leven Surname Meaning and Family Facts
There is more to Leven family history than the origin of your surname:
A Leven Family History Thought:
'In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage - to know who we are and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum. An emptiness. And the most disquieting loneliness.' --Alex Haley