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Title: Origin of the name Levack
Posted by: Alec Levack
Date: 12 October 2005

My quest is this: to find out the origin of my surname, “Levack”.

The normal result of any query is “affiliated to the Stewarts of Appin and the Livingstons”.  What is not so forthcoming is,- how? 

The Levack name appears in Caithness records from about the mid 1600s.

I have recently read more of the Maclea and Livingston history in relation to the Stewarts of Appin. I started wondering if there was a connection. Maclea is the anglicised form of the Gaelic name which is pronounced (in phonetic English) “Vachc-Lay”. In Caithness the name Levack was pronounced in recent history, (again phonetically), Lay-Vach or Lay-Vack.  When the first Levacks appeared in Caithness in the 1600s, perhaps the mixing with the non-Gaelic speaking Caithnessians caused this reversal of the name MacLea? Or was it a deliberate attempt to disguise the name? I do appreciate that the name is also found in Aberdeenshire but the majority seem to be Caithness related.

This maybe completely off the mark but you will understand my efforts to try and understand the undisputed connection among these names.

I have traced in detail my family tree, (which throws up a few stories of its own), back to my g-g-g-grandfather, Alexander Levack, born in Caithness in the 1700s.

Probably the most historically famous of the name was Helen Levack from Caithness.  She married William Mowatt when he returned to Caithness after the Battle of Waterloo.  They emigrated in 1815 from North Scotland to Canada and their son Oliver was the first Prime Minister of Ontario. The mine and town of Levack in Canada was named after her. 

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Origin of the name Levack12 October 2005Alec Levack
   Origin of the name Levack10 January 2009Bruce Hislop
   Origin of the name 12 October 2005Alec Levack
      Origin of the name 12 October 2005Kyle MacLea
   Levack and Levach13 October 2005Andrew Lancaster
   Origin of the name Levack19 October 2005Rob Livingston
      Origin of the name Levack19 October 2005Andrew Lancaster
         Origin of the name Levack19 October 2005Rob Livingston
            Origin of the name Levack20 October 2005Alec Levack
               Origin of the name Levack20 October 2005Andrew Lancaster
                  Origin of the name Levack20 October 2005Andrew Lancaster
                  Origin of the name Levack20 October 2005Rob Livingston
                     Origin of the name Levack20 October 2005Andrew Lancaster
                        Origin of the name Levack21 October 2005Rob Livingston
                           Origin of the name Levack21 October 2005Andrew Lancaster
                     Origin of the name Levack21 October 2005Alec Levack
                        Origin of the name Levack21 October 2005Rob Livingston
               MacLeas in Caithness20 October 2005Rob Livingston
                  MacLeas in Caithness21 October 2005Alec Levack
      Origin of the name Levack (Lev-ach)26 October 2005Rob Livingston
   Origin of the name Levack29 October 2005Dawne
      Origin of the name Levack04 November 2005Alec Levack
         Origin of the name Levack04 November 2005Andrew Lancaster
            Origin of the name Levack04 November 2005aleclevack
               Origin of the name Levack04 November 2005Andrew Lancaster
                  Origin of the name Levack04 November 2005Alec Levack
                  Origin of the name Levack05 November 2005Alec Levack
                     Origin of the name Levack05 November 2005Andrew Lancaster
                        Ho'ro na Levach, Levack!13 November 2005Grant South
                           Ho'ro na Levach, Levack, Levich!13 November 2005Grant South
                              Ho'ro na Levach, Levack, Levich!13 November 2005Andrew Lancaster
                                 Ho'ro na Levach, Levack, Levich!13 November 2005Grant South
                           Ho'ro na Levach, Levack!13 November 2005Grant South
   Origin of the name Levack22 February 2007Margaret Anne
      Origin of the name Levack27 February 2007Donald (Livingstone) Clink
      Origin of the name Levack10 January 2009Rene Anderson
   Origin of the name Levack15 March 2009Gary Levack
      Origin of the name Levack15 March 2009Donald (Livingstone) Clink
         Origin of the name Levack15 March 2009Kyle MacLea
            Origin of the name Levack15 March 2009Donald (Livingstone) Clink
            Origin of the name Levack15 March 2009Gary Levack
               Origin of the name Levack15 March 2009Donald (Livingstone) Clink
                  Origin of the name Levack16 March 2009Donald (Liviingstone) Clink
                     Origin of the name Levack16 March 2009Gary Levack
                     Origin of the name Levack16 March 2009Donald (Livingstone) Clink
                        Origin of the name Levack16 March 2009Gary Levack
                           Origin of the name Levack16 March 2009Donald (Livingstone) Clink
                           Origin of the name Levack16 March 2009Kyle MacLea
                              Origin of the name Levack16 March 2009Donald (Livingstone) Clink
                                 Origin of the name Levack17 March 2009Donald (Livingstone) Clink
                                    Origin of the name Levack18 March 2009Donald (Livingstone) Clink
                           Origin of the name Levack18 March 2009Donald (Livingstone) Clink
      Origin of the name Levack20 March 2009Alec Levack
         Origin of the name Levack20 March 2009Kyle MacLea
            Origin of the name Levack21 March 2009Alec Levack
               Origin of the name Levack21 March 2009Kyle MacLea
         Origin of the name Levack23 March 2009Donald (Livingstone) Clink
            Origin of the name Levack23 March 2009Donald (Livingstone) Clink
               Origin of the name Levack23 March 2009Kyle MacLea
                  Origin of the name Levack23 March 2009Alec Levack
                  Origin of the name Levack23 March 2009Donald (Livingstone) Clink
                     Origin of the name Levack23 March 2009Kyle MacLea
   Origin of the name Levack06 July 2009Dale levack

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