Lewis name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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Origin and Meaning of Lewis

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  1. 4 submissions from the United Kingdom and the United States agree the name Lewis means "Famous warrior" and is of English origin.
  2. A submission from the United Kingdom says the name Lewis means "Brilliant attraction for all and a brave fearless warrior" and is of English origin.
  3. 2 people from Canada and the United States agree the name Lewis is of English origin and means "Gift of god".
  4. A user from the United States says the name Lewis means "Famous soldier".
  5. According to a user from the United Kingdom, the name Lewis means "Gift from God".
  6. A user from the United Kingdom says the name Lewis is of English origin and means "Little warrior".
  7. According to a user from New York, U.S., the name Lewis means "God is".
  8. A user from Utah, U.S. says the name Lewis is of African origin and means "Brave soldier".
  9. A user from Jamaica says the name Lewis is of Irish origin and means "war".
  10. According to a user from the United Kingdom, the name Lewis is of Scottish origin and means "Is the northern part of Lewis and Harris, the largest island of the Western Isles or Outer Hebrides archipelago in Scotland".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
  1. An iron dovetailed tenon, made in sections, which can be fitted into a dovetail mortise; -- used in hoisting large stones, etc.
  2. A kind of shears used in cropping woolen cloth.
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  1. English critic and novelist; author of theological works and of books for children (1898-1963)
  2. United States novelist who satirized middle-class America in his novel Main Street (1885-1951)
  3. United States labor leader who was president of the United Mine Workers of America from 1920 to 1960 and president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations from 1935 to 1940 (1880-1969)
  4. United States explorer and soldier who lead led an expedition from St. Louis to the mouth of the Columbia River (1774-1809)
  5. United States athlete who won gold medals at the Olympics for his skill in sprinting and jumping (born in 1961)
  6. United States rock star singer and pianist (born in 1935)
  1. A male given name from Middle English Lewis, Lowis, from Anglo-Norman, from Old French Louis, from Frankish *Hlōdowig.
  2. An English patronymic surname​.
  3. An Irish patronymic surname​, an anglicization of Lobhaois, itself from Old French Louis.
  4. The title given to a partially apprenticed Freemason who is normally the Master or Son of a practicing Freemason; one practising or learning the degrees of Freemasonry after introduction to the degrees and before full induction or before becoming a Worshipful Brother.
  5. A Welsh patronymic surname​, an adopted anglicization of Llywelyn.
  6. The Isle of Lewis, Scotland. Derived from Scottish Gaelic Leòdhas, of uncertain origin; traditionally referred to Old Norse Ljóðahús, from ljóð (“song, poem”) + hús (“house”); but may be related to the Pictish name of the island recorded in Ptolemy's Geography as Λίμνου (Límnou).
  7. A locale in the United States.
    1. A city in Iowa.
    2. A city in Kansas; named for journalist M. M. Lewis.
    3. A town in Essex County, New York; named for Morgan Lewis, 3rd Governor of New York.
    4. A town in Lewis County, New York; named for its county, itself for Morgan Lewis.
    5. A town in Vermont; named for landowners Nathan, Sevignior and Timothy Lewis.
    6. A census-designated place in Colorado.
    7. A census-designated place in Wisconsin; named for founder Charles E. Lewis.
    8. An unincorporated community in Indiana.
    9. An unincorporated community in Missouri; named for landowner Howell Lewis.
    10. An unincorporated community in North Carolina.
    11. A ghost town in California.

Notable Persons Named Lewis

Notable Persons Named Lewis

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton is a formula one racer.

Lou Reed

Lou Reed was a rock music, experimental music, proto-punk, glam rock, and art rock musician. He plays Fender Telecaster, Gretsch, Gretsch White Falcon, Fender Stratocaster, Gibson ES-335, Epiphone, Gibson SG, and Steinberger. He was most prominent from 1958 to 2013. Lou was given the name Lewis Allan Reed on March 2nd, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. He left this life on October 27th, 2013.

Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll was a children's literature, fantasy literature, mathematical logic, poetry, literary nonsense, linear algebra, and voting system writer, mathematician, anglican cleric, photographer, artist, and anglicanism. Lewis was given the name Charles Lutwidge Dodgson on January 27th, 1832 in Daresbury, Cheshire, England. Lewis is also known as Dodgson and Charles Lutwidge (real name). He breathed his last breath on January 14th, 1898.

Brian Jones

Brian Jones was a rock music, rock, roll, blues rock, british rhythm, and blues musician. He plays Guitar, harmonica, Gretsch, Vox Mark III, Gibson Firebird, and Fender Telecaster. He was most prominent from 1962 to 1969. Brian was given the name Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones on February 28th, 1942 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England. Brian is also known as Elmo Lewis. He left this life on July 3rd, 1969.

Lewis Black

Lewis Black is a satire, political satire, news satire, observational comedy, black comedy, and monologue comedian. Lewis was given the name Lewis Niles Black on August 30th, 1948 in Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S.

Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller

Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller is a military person. His military service ended in 1955.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Lewis

Notable Persons With the Last Name Lewis

Edmonia Lewis

Edmonia Lewis was an artist in the field of sculpture. Edmonia was born Edmonia Lewis on July 4th, 1844 in East Greenbush, New York. She breathed her last breath on September 17th, 1907.

Damian Lewis

Damian Lewis is an actor and film producer. He was most active from 1993 to present. Damian was given the name Damian Watcyn Lewis on February 11th, 1971 in St. John's Wood, London, England.

CM, CBE Lennox Lewis

CM, CBE Lennox Lewis is a boxer. CM, was born on September 2nd, 1965 in London, England.

C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis was a christian apologetics, fantasy, science fiction, and children's literature writer. C. was given the name Clive Staples Lewis on November 29th, 1898 in Belfast. He left this life on November 22nd, 1963.

Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis is a character comedy and physical comedy comedian. Jerry was given the name Joseph Levitch on March 16th, 1926 in , United States.

Juliette Lewis

Juliette Lewis is an actress and singer. She has been prominent since 1987. Juliette was born as the child of Geoffrey Lewis (actor) on June 21st, 1973 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

  • Leona Lewis
  • Matthew Lewis
  • John Lewis
    Chairperson of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
  • Ray Lewis
    American Football Player
  • Carl Lewis
  • Michael Lewis
  • Aaron Lewis
  • Huey Lewis
  • Sinclair Lewis
  • Meriwether Lewis
  • Jenny Lewis
  • Johnny Lewis
  • Richard Lewis
  • Phill Lewis

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Lewis U.S.
  White 58.23% 64.26%
  African American 34.84% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.56% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.20% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.58% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.58% 16.26%

Of Last Name Lewis

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

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Fun Facts about the name Lewis

  • What name lists does Lewis rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Lewis? Lewis is the 487th most popular name of all time. As a last name Lewis was the 29th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Lewis have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 152,649 babies born with the first name Lewis in the United States. That's more than enough people named Lewis to occupy the country of Cura with an estimated population of 149,679 (as of March 26, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Lewis? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 517 new born babies.
  • When was Lewis first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Lewis is Sunday, June 12th, 1864.
  • What year had the most people named Lewis born? The highest recorded use of the first name Lewis was in 1921 with a total of 2,712 babies. That's a lot of babies named Lewis!
  • Random Lewis Factoid: According to the 1912 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Lewis ranks 51st in popularity as a baby boy's name in Kansas. Imagine that, 32 babies in Kansas have the same name in 1912.
  • Weird things about the name Lewis: The name spelled backwards is Siwel. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Swlei. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Lewis? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 531,781 people with the last name Lewis.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Lewis? Lewis was ranked as the 29th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!
  • Lewis name meaning

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