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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

Similar surnames: Lewin, Levis, Clewis, Lein, Remis, Leis, Lees, Reis, Levin, Leys

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Where is the Lewis family from?

You can see how Lewis families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lewis family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lewis families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 16,216 Lewis families living in Glamorgan. This was about 19% of all the recorded Lewis's in United Kingdom. Glamorgan had the highest population of Lewis families in 1891.
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What did your Lewis ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Lewis. 5% of Lewis men worked as a General Labourer and 63% of Lewis women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lewis were Builders Labourer and Domestic Duties. .

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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 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Farmer
  • Colliery Hewer
  • Builders Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Domestic Duties
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Passenger Lists

There are 354,000 immigration records available for the last name Lewis. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 540,000 military records available for the last name Lewis. For the veterans among your Lewis ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lewis lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Lewis life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Lewis in 1940 was 46, and 73 in 2004.

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