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Clewis Family History

Clewis Name Meaning

Scottish and Irish: reduced form of McLewis (see Lewis 3). English: topographic name from the genitive form of Old English cloh ‘ravine’ (see Clough).

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


Similar surnames: Lewis, Clews, Lewin, Chevis, Chew, Levis, Leis, Enis, Cleek, Mcleish

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Where is the Clewis family from?

You can see how Clewis families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Clewis family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Clewis families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Clewis families living in Georgia. This was about 50% of all the recorded Clewis's in the USA. Georgia and 1 other state had the highest population of Clewis families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Clewis surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Clewis ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Clewis. 30% of Clewis men worked as a Farmer and 29% of Clewis women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Clewis were Carpenter and Teacher.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    30%
  • Laborer
    26%
  • Labor
    9%
  • Carpenter
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    29%
  • Laundress
    15%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Teacher
    15%
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Clewis. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Clewis census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 149 immigration records available for the last name Clewis. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 701 military records available for the last name Clewis. For the veterans among your Clewis ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Clewis lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Clewis life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1971. The average life expectancy for Clewis in 1951 was 36, and 78 in 2004.

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