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The Name Levi - Origin and Meaning of Levi
  



The Name Levi - Origin and Meaning of Levi


Gender

Masculine

Origin of the Name Levi

Hebrew

Usage of the Name Levi

Jewish, English, Biblical

Meaning of the Name Levi

The name Levi means "joined to" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament Levi was the third son of Jacob and Leah, and his name refers to Leah's hope for Jacob to join with her, 'Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi' (Genesis 29:34). Levi was the founder of the Israelite Tribe of Levi (the Levites). In the New Testament Levi was a byname of the apostle Matthew.

Famous Bearers

Bearers of the name include Levi Strauss (1829 - 1902), a Jewish-American inventor; Levi Eshkol (1895 - 1969), an Israeli politician who was the third Prime Minister of Israel from 1963 to 1969; Levi Stubbs (1936 - 2008), an American singer and the lead vocalist of the group The Four Tops; Levi Reid (born 1983), an English footballer.
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