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Origin and popularity of the name LEVY

Origin

Levy : 1: Jewish (Ashkenazic and Sephardic): from the Biblical personal name Levi from a Hebrew word meaning ‘joining’. This was borne by a son of Jacob and Leah (Genesis 29: 34). Bearers of this name are Levites members of the tribe of Levi who form a hereditary caste who assist the kohanim (see Cohen) in their priestly duties. Compare Levi and Lowy 1.2: Czech (Levý): nickname for a left-handed person from the adjective levý ‘left’. This surname is also found in Slovakia.

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Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England
FANBI : The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain, ©2021, University of the West of England

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    Variants of name LEVY

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