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Title: Origin of the name Levack
Posted by: Alec Levack
Date: 20 October 2005

Thanks for the interest.

I've grown up used to the "ach" or "ack" used in conversation, even in non-formal dialogue. For instance, we as children nick-named people from Tore, (a nearby village), "Tore-acks".

I've heard the theory put forward by my father's sister on the Levack and she offered the translation of of the Lev part as maybe coming from the Gaelic (phonetically) Lave - to read. Thereby giving "reader". This was just pure speculation however. With the unsubstantiated but consistent association with the Livingstons however, I think that this theory is a possiblity.

The first Levack reference in Caithness history is in the 1600s. Caithness then was a Gaelic speaking area but with a consistent non-Gaelic speaking population around the Wick area where a form of Scots was and still is spoken. In this area the Norse influence on Language is demonstrated by the place names - starting with Wick (word for harbour or bay in Norwegian).

Name spelling changes in this area, at a time when few could read or write and spelling not definitive, (especially for anglicised Gaelic), could happen easily.

I think my best advice would be to start searching Caithness local history for reference to Livingston or (Mac)Lea refugees in the 1600s!

Regards,

Alec   

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            Origin of the name Levack20 October 2005Alec Levack
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                                 Ho'ro na Levach, Levack, Levich!13 November 2005Grant South
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                        Origin of the name Levack16 March 2009Gary Levack
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            Origin of the name Levack23 March 2009Donald (Livingstone) Clink
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                     Origin of the name Levack23 March 2009Kyle MacLea
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