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Lewis Name Meaning

English: from the Middle English Old French personal name Lewis Leweis Lowis from ancient Germanic (originally West Frankish) Hludwig (itself from hlōd- ‘fame famous’ + wīg- ‘battle’). This was Latinized as Ludovicus and Chlodovisus which were gallicized as Clovis or Clouis French Louis. The name may also appear as Lawis Laweys Lawes by unrounding of the vowel of Lowis on the analogy of the variation between Low and Law as pet forms of Middle English Lourence alias Laurence. This surname is also very common among African Americans. See Laws 2 and compare Lawrence . Welsh: adopted for the Welsh personal name Llywelyn (see Llewellyn ). Irish: shortened 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 French Louis . Americanized form of various like-sounding Jewish surnames. Chinese: variant Romanization of the surnames 廖 (see Liao ) 羅 (see Luo ) 劉 (see Liu ).

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 1911 there were 2,934 Lewis families living in Ontario. This was about 45% of all the recorded Lewis's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Lewis families in 1911.
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What did your Lewis ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Lewis. 31% of Lewis men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Lewis women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lewis were Carpenter and Servant. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
    31%
  • Labourer
    10%
  • Laborer
    6%
  • Carpenter
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
    13%
  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Income
    9%
  • Servant
    6%
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Passenger Lists

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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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