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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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Lewis Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Lewis. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Lewis Family Origin

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Lewis Family Occupations

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In 1881, Farmer, Labourer and Servant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Lewis. A less common occupation for the Lewis family was Carpenter. The most common Lewis occupation in Canada was Farmer. 31% of Lewis's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Servant

  • Carpenter


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Lewis Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

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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Lewis Life Expectancy

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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