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Confused how Levi is passed down

I was researching my family tree and got a picture of one of my distant relative’s headstone. In the Hebrew Portion it said Meyer Leib bar Hirsh HaLevi. The Levi part surprised me because up to this point, I had no idea the family was Levi.

As I understand it, both Levi and Cohen are passed down only via the paternal line, so everyone whose a direct male line descendant of my Podolsky family should be Levi, right?

I wanted to check this and went over to an even more distant relative that I knew was related via paternal lineage, but his headstone didn’t have HaLevi…

So now I’m confused how it works. Did this more distant family just not know they were Levi? Or is there another way it passes down?

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