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Type Surname (from location)
Usage English
Other Forms FormsLevante

Meaning & History

Derived from the Italian word levante, meaning "rising" and the French word levant, meaning "to rise". The term entered the English language in 1497 and was used to describe the "Mediterranean lands east of Italy" by referring to the rising of the sun in the east. As a surname it was most likely used to denote a person who came from the Levant.
Added 12/27/2016 by Izzy84
Edited 11/22/2017 by Izzy84