Levin (surname)

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Levin (original Russian: Левин) is a surname with several word origins. In most cases it is Jewish (a variant of Levy) and rarely Russian,[1] derived from the Jewish biblical tribe of Levi, whose descendants the Levites had distinctive duties in the Temple period. In some cases the surname Levin is derived from the German personal name Liebwin. In other cases the surname represents a form of the Yiddish word for "lion". In some cases, the surname Levin represents a patronymic form of Lëva. It is also often an anglicisation of the Quebecer name Lavigne, especially in the northeast US.

Other variations include Lavin, Lavine, Le Neve, Levene, Levi, Levina, Levine, Levitt, Levy, Lewin, Lieven, Levins and Levinson.

People with the name Levin (and feminine variant Levina) include:


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  • Adam K. Levin, former director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs and businessman in consumer credit-related businesses
  • Burton Levin, American diplomat, former Ambassador to Burma
  • Carl Levin (born 1934), US Democratic Senator from Michigan; brother of Sander Levin, cousin of Charles Levin
  • Charles Levin (judge) (born 1926), Michigan jurist; cousin of Carl and Sander Levin
  • Daniel Levin (attorney) (active 2004-2005), Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Justice Department
  • David L. Levin (born 1949), American politician from Missouri
  • Ezra G. Levin, American lawyer
  • Fred Levin (born 1937), US plaintiffs' attorney in the state of Florida
  • Joe Levin, American lawyer
  • Lewis Charles Levin (1808–1860), first Jewish Representative to the U.S. Congress
  • Mark Levin (born 1957), American conservative radio host, lawyer, author, and political commentator who served in the Reagan administration
  • Nathaniel Levin (1818–1903), New Zealand businessman and politician
  • Sander M. Levin (born 1931), US Democratic Representative from Michigan; brother of Carl, cousin of Charles
  • Susan Bass Levin, New Jersey, US politician
  • Theodore Levin (1897–1970), U.S. federal jurist
  • William Levin (1845–1893), New Zealand businessman and politician
  • Yariv Levin Israeli MK and Minister of Tourism
  • Yuval Levin, member of White House domestic policy staff

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Fictional characters[edit]

Savannah Levine, character in Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series


  1. ^ Perl, L. (1990). The Great Ancestor Hunt: The Fun of Finding Out Who You Are. Clarion Books. p. 29. ISBN 9780395547908. Retrieved 2015-04-13.