Levy

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Lev"y
A name formerly given in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia to the Spanish real of one eighth of a dollar (or 121/2 cents), valued at eleven pence when the dollar was rated at 7s. 6d.

Etymology: A contr. of elevenpence or elevenpenny bit

noun Lev"y
Senses
  1. The act of levying or collecting by authority; as, the levy of troops, taxes, etc. "A levy of all the men left under sixty." [Thirlwall.]
  2. That which is levied, as an army, force, tribute, etc."The Irish levies." [Macaulay.]
  3. [Law] The taking or seizure of property on executions to satisfy judgments, or on warrants for the collection of taxes; a collecting by execution.

Etymology: F. levée, fr. lever to raise. See Lever, and cf. Levee

verb Lev"y
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  1. To raise, as a siege.(Obs)Holland.
  2. To raise; to collect; said of troops, to form into an army by enrollment, conscription, etc."Augustine . . . inflamed Ethelbert, king of Kent, to levy his power, and to war against them." [Fuller.]
  3. To raise or collect by assessment; to exact by authority; as, to levy taxes, toll, tribute, or contributions."If they do this . . . my ransom, then, Will soon be levied." [Shak.]
  4. [Law]
    1. To gather or exact; as, to levy money.
    2. To erect, build, or set up; to make or construct; to raise or cast up; as, to levy a mill, dike, ditch, a nuisance, etc.
      (Obs)
      Cowell.
      Blackstone.
    3. To take or seize on execution; to collect by execution.
verb Lev"y
To seize property, real or personal, or subject it to the operation of an execution; to make a levy; as, to levy on property; the usual mode of levying, in England, is by seizing the goods.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The act of drafting into military service
  2. A charge imposed and collected
  3. Cause to assemble or enlist in the military
  4. Impose and collect ("levy a fine")
Wiktionary

A variant of Levi as a Jewish surname, or from Irish Mac Duinnshléibhe ("son of the chief on the mountain").

  1. A surname​.
  2. A Jewish surname​.
  3. A male given name

Notable Persons Named Levy

Ricardo Montez was an actor. Ricardo was given the name Levy Isaac Attias on September 20th, 1923 in Gibraltar. Ricardo is also known as Ricardo Montez and Levy Isaac Attias. He passed away on October 26th, 2010.

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Levy Stacey h. Mwanawasa was an office holder. Levy was born on September 3rd, 1948 in Mufulira. He died on August 19th, 2008.

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Lévy Madinda is a soccer player for the Gimnàstic de Tarragona, Celta de Vigo, AS Stade Mandji, Celta de Vigo B, and Gabon national football team. Lévy was born on June 11th, 1992 in Libreville, Gabon.

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Levy Barent Cohen was a financier. Levy was born in 1740. He died in 1808.

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Levy was born on October 20th, 1987 in Kuala Lumpur.

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Levy Adcock is a football player for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Levy was born on November 12th, 1988 in Claremore, Oklahoma.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Levy

Jane Levy is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 2011. Jane was born on December 29th, 1989 in Los Angeles. Jane is also known as Levy and Jane Colburn.

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Eugene Levy is an actor, comedian, producer, director, musician, and writer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1969 to present. Eugene was born on December 17th, 1946 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

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Sharon Osbourne is a media personality, music manager, businesswoman, television talent competition judge, talk show host, author, promoter, talent manager, and promoter (entertainment). She was most prominent from 1979 to present. Sharon was given the name Sharon Rachel Levy by her parent Don Arden on October 9th, 1952 in Brixton, London, England.

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Daniel Levy is an actor. He has been prominent since 2000. Daniel was given the name Daniel Joseph Levy by his parent Eugene Levy on August 24th, 1983 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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Paulette Goddard was an actress, film producer, dancer, and model. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1926 to 1972. Paulette was given the name Pauline Goddard Levy on June 3rd, 1910 in Whitestone, Queens. She passed away on April 23rd, 1990.

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William Levy is an actor and model. He has had major accomplishments since 2003. William was given the name William Levy Gutiérrez on August 29th, 1980 in Cojímar.

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How popular is the baby name Levy in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 6 0 6
1881 7 0 7
1882 9 0 9
1883 7 0 7
1884 7 0 7
1885 8 0 8
1886 9 0 9
1887 12 5 7
1888 13 0 13
1889 8 0 8
1890 13 0 13
1891 7 0 7
1892 14 0 14
1893 5 0 5
1894 15 0 15
1895 15 0 15
1896 11 0 11
1897 14 0 14
1898 10 0 10
1899 7 0 7
1900 17 0 17
1901 10 0 10
1902 9 0 9
1903 8 0 8
1904 8 0 8
1905 9 0 9
1906 14 0 14
1907 20 0 20
1908 10 0 10
1909 9 0 9
1910 19 0 19
1911 19 0 19
1912 25 0 25
1913 21 0 21
1914 25 0 25
1915 42 0 42
1916 32 0 32
1917 39 0 39
1918 51 0 51
1919 51 0 51
1920 50 0 50
1921 46 0 46
1922 54 0 54
1923 43 0 43
1924 39 0 39
1925 42 0 42
1926 44 0 44
1927 36 0 36
1928 38 0 38
1929 32 0 32
1930 29 0 29
1931 40 0 40
1932 25 0 25
1933 19 0 19
1934 20 0 20
1935 38 0 38
1936 22 0 22
1937 28 0 28
1938 32 0 32
1939 21 0 21
1940 23 0 23
1941 22 0 22
1942 19 0 19
1943 34 0 34
1944 27 0 27
1945 26 0 26
1946 18 0 18
1947 24 0 24
1948 20 0 20
1949 39 0 39
1950 32 0 32
1951 30 0 30
1952 32 0 32
1953 22 0 22
1954 22 0 22
1955 22 0 22
1956 29 0 29
1957 17 0 17
1958 22 0 22
1959 25 0 25
1960 21 0 21
1961 20 0 20
1962 15 0 15
1963 18 0 18
1964 20 0 20
1965 17 0 17
1966 15 0 15
1967 23 0 23
1968 12 0 12
1969 18 0 18
1970 14 0 14
1971 13 0 13
1972 17 0 17
1973 12 0 12
1974 15 0 15
1975 16 0 16
1976 25 0 25
1977 16 0 16
1978 14 0 14
1979 17 0 17
1980 25 0 25
1981 23 0 23
1982 18 0 18
1983 17 0 17
1984 23 0 23
1985 20 0 20
1986 17 0 17
1987 20 0 20
1988 28 0 28
1989 22 0 22
1990 21 0 21
1991 19 0 19
1992 27 0 27
1993 28 0 28
1994 22 0 22
1995 15 0 15
1996 27 0 27
1997 17 0 17
1998 22 0 22
1999 24 0 24
2000 20 0 20
2001 28 0 28
2002 26 0 26
2003 17 0 17
2004 27 0 27
2005 30 0 30
2006 38 5 33
2007 24 0 24
2008 30 0 30
2009 31 0 31
2010 35 0 35
2011 48 0 48
2012 58 12 46
2013 41 0 41
2014 54 5 49
2015 55 8 47
2016 71 15 56
2017 75 16 59
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Popularity of Levy as a first name

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Common last names for Levy

  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Smith
  • Brown
  • Jackson
  • Thomas
  • Green
  • Thompson
  • Turner
  • Wilson
  • Evans

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Levy U.S.
  White 79.16% 64.26%
  African American 12.97% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.85% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.25% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.65% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 5.11% 16.26%

Of Last Name Levy

People with the last name Levy are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Levy

  • How Popular is the name Levy? Levy is the 4,910th most popular name of all time. As a last name Levy was the 932nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Levy have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 3,319 babies born with the first name Levy in the United States. That's more than enough people named Levy to occupy the territory of Falkland Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 3,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Levy? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Levy first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Levy is Friday, July 15th, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Levy born? The highest recorded use of the first name Levy was in 2017 with a total of 59 babies.
  • Random Levy Factoid: According to the 1922 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Levy is not a popular baby boy's name in South Carolina. Imagine that, only 5 babies in South Carolina have the same name as you in 1922.
  • Weird things about the name Levy: Your name in reverse order is Yvel. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eyvl. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Levy? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 37,228 people with the last name Levy.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Levy? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 13 of them will have Levy as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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