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Lewington : 1: probably a variant of Levington although the latter is an E Anglian surname. so the name in Berks and neighbouring counties must either reflect migration or have a different origin; see (2). 2: Lewington and Levington are perhaps variant pronunciations of the Wilts surname Lavington. The vowel change is not recorded in the place-name but there is some evidence for occasional raising of late Middle English [a] to early Modern English [e]. The development of intervocalic [v] to [w] is not uncommon in Middle English dialects and original -ton is often replaced in surnames with -don and -den. Compare therefore Johannes and Michaelis Lavynton' 1381 in Poll Tax (Reading Berks) with Mathew Lewington 1641 in IGI (Reading Berks) and Johanne Lavynton' 1381 in Poll Tax (Hidden Berks) with Josias Lewendon 1611 in IGI (Hungerford Berks); Hidden is in Hungerford parish. Compare also Mary Lewington 1640 John Laventon 1705 in IGI (Cheriton Hants). However these may be different surnames.

Source : FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England

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