Surname Saturday: Livengood

22 May 2010 7:00 AM Posted by Brenda L.
The surname LIVENGOOD is the Americanized version of Leibendgut. Leibengut is Swiss-German in origin. It has been written as Livengood and Levengood in America. Records show the family name back to 1550, in Aarwangen, Canton of Berne, Switzerland. The name, Livengood, can be found in Switzerland today. The surname is believed to come from the saying "Mein leib und mein guts..." meaning "My life and my goods..."

Immigrant Peter Livengood arrived in the United States in 1750, sailing aboard the ship Phoenix. He settled in Berks County, Pennsylvania. He married Barbara Nafziger in 1760 in Berks County, Pennsylvania.

Other Livengood's in my family tree are Christian(1761-1837), John Christian(1801-1859) and Anna Nancy(1832-1883).

15 Response to "Surname Saturday: Livengood"

  1. A rootdigger Says:

    Wow, what a surname, I am sure they got comments where ever they went. A real conversation starter. You can't help but wonder, if they had their own private jokes on their own name. Like at the end of the day and they look out at the scenery and some one of them says ahhh this is the living. And someone else says good living.

  2. Brenda Says:

    I think it is kind of a cool surname! I like the American spelling better.

  3. Patti Says:

    My weeks upon weeks of following my family tree has led me to Marie/Mary Livengood daughter of Peter Leibundgutt and Barbara Nafziger. My ancestors were all from the Pennsylvania area. These ancestors are all part of my Flickinger side of the family. Thanks for your nicely created blog!! Patti

  4. Brenda Says:

    Patti, we are cousins, sort of, my ancestor is Mary's brother, Christian. I don't have a lot on Mary, but feel free to email me at brae957 at, if you would like what I have. Thanks for commenting.

  5. Rlyvngud Says:

    As a modern day Livengood, yes, I do get a LOT of comments on my last name!

  6. Brenda Leyndyke Says:

    Hello, Cousin! Which Livengood do you descend from? Thanks for sharing.

  7. John Smith Says:

    Garry Livengood

    I have always said that I'm A Live-N-Good

    There is a livengood web page on facebook now, if you want to check it out.

  8. Brenda Leyndyke Says:

    John, thanks for sharing, I will check out the facebook page..

  9. Tim Livengood Says:

    There are no new Livengood last-name jokes, I am afraid.

    My understanding is that Hartmann and Elisabetha Leibundgut arrived in North Carolina at about this time. I thought Peter was their son. I have pictures of Hartmann and Elisabetha's tomb stones in NC. A lot of Livengoods, I am told, moved north from NC into Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana. There are still a lot of Livengoods in western NC and TN.

  10. Anonymous Says:

    My last name is spelled livingood..IM assuming it's of the same origins?

  11. Brenda Leyndyke Says:

    I would imagine the origins would be the same. Feel free to contact me with any questions. I would be happy to answer them.

  12. Wordsmith Says:

    I am searching for a Rosalie Livengood, born about 1950. She married Warren Abbott in 1966 in, I think, WI. Any info about her ancestors would be wonderful!!!!

  13. Brenda L. Says:

    I am sorry I don't have any information about your Rosalie Livengood. I haven't researched any Livengood's at that time. Most of my research has been in the 1700 and 1800's.

  14. Schmop Says:

    As a Livengood in Las Vegas, cheers to you all! Interested in this Facebook page but can't seem to find it. Anyone have the URL?

  15. Brenda L. Says:

    Which facebook page are you referring to?

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