There are two/three possible explanations.
In the 1670 Hearth Tax, there are hardly any "Biblical" names, other than the
names of the Apostles.
It is suggested that Haverfordwest, Tenby and Pembrocke, Sea Ports in contact with
Bristol, Swansea etc, were heavily influnecd by the Puritan Influence.
It is certainly true that many sects, such as the Quakers, Moravians, Baptists etc, were
tolerated in these areas.
I did read many years ago and cannot at this point provide a reference, that Old Testament
names such as "Ebenezer", "Levi", "Emmanuel" etc, were the
result of convertion to the "Roundhead" point of view, and this is a feature of
many coastal Townships.
I know from research, that "Old Testament" names of this type appear in Wills in
the Cardigan Area from the late 17th Century onwards.
There were Parish Incumbents in the 1700's in Pembrokeshire, whose Christian Name was
Levi or Levy. (Search by Surname Lev* on the NLW Wills Website, and these will come up.
Again quoting from an article I cannot give a reference too, it was suggested that these
were the children on "Nonconformists", who after the Restoration of the Monarchy
had Conformed. The name once it appeared in the family would according to covention appear
Generation after Generation.
A Particulary popular incumbent, might well have children of Parishoners named in his
honour, which would replicated the name over the years.
There are also a number of Levi(Levy) Wills on the NLW Website relating to Pembroke. Levi
is a Jewish name, and this together with his occupation as Silversmith, suggests he was of
Another poster has referred to the Levi "Philips" family of Haverfordwest, whose
descentants married into the Walters Family of Perthgeraint, Penbryn, Cardiganshire.
Whether there was any connection between the Haverfordwest and Pembroke Levi families is
subject to further research.
If anyone has further information, I would pleased if you would contact me.
No answers I am afraid, but possibly various avenues for research.
Message Received: Aug 16 2012, 02:30 PM
From: "Sarah Reay"
Subject: [Dyfed] Why 'Levi'?
As the list is quiet at the moment, I just thought that I would ask you all if anyone
knows why LEVI was such a common / popular name in Pembrokeshire in the 1800s?
I have spent the last twelve years researching my family history. Half my history is in
Pembrokeshire (my mother's side) and the other half (my late father's side) is
spread all over England. In twelve years I have never come across a Levi in England.
However, with my Pembrokeshire research I have an ancestor LEVI WILLIAMS (1858 - 1922) and
lots and lots of other Levis in the tree too.
So, does anyone know, why 'Levi'? ... and why so many in Pembrokeshire??
I will look forward to hearing your thoughts!
Thanks in advance.
Best wishes, Sarah (Reay in Northumberland).
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