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Lewis Family History

Lewis Name Meaning
English (but most common in Wales): from Lowis, Lodovicus, a Norman personal name composed of the Germanic elements hlod ‘fame’ + wig ‘war’. This was the name of the founder of the Frankish dynasty, recorded in Latin chronicles as Ludovicus and Chlodovechus (the latter form becoming Old French Clovis, Clouis, Louis, the former developing into German Ludwig). The name was popular throughout France in the Middle Ages and was introduced to England by the Normans. In Wales it became inextricably confused with 2.Welsh: from an Anglicized form of the personal name Llywelyn (see Llewellyn).Irish and Scottish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Lughaidh ‘son of Lughaidh’. This is one of the most common Old Irish personal names. It is derived from Lugh ‘brightness’, which was the name of a Celtic god.Americanized form of any of various like-sounding Jewish surnames.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Lewis Families

  • Number of Lewis families
     2,604 - 5,205
     869 - 2,603
     1 - 868
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Lewis families
     8,109 - 16,216
     2,704 - 8,108
     1 - 2,703
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Lewis families
     247 - 492
     83 - 246
     1 - 82
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Lewis Family Origin

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