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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Lema

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First coined 1789, from Ancient Greek λήμη (lḗmē, “a humour that gathers in the corner of the eye, rheum”)

  1. (physiology, rare) The secretion of the tarsal glands of the eye.

lema was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, Latin, Madurese, Portuguese, Serbo-Croatian, and Spanish

Notable Persons Named Lema

Lema Mabidi is a soccer player for the Raja Casablanca, AS Vita Club, CS Sfaxien, and DR Congo national football team. Lema was born on June 11th, 1993 in Kinshasa.


Lema Kusa is a painter. Lema was born on July 24th, 1944 in Kingenge, Bas-Zaire, Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Lema Mampuya is an athlete for the AS Vita Club.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Lema

Tony Lema is a golf player.


Ray Lema is a musician. Ray was born on March 30th, 1946 in Lufu-Toto.



Cristian Lema is a soccer player for the Club Atlético Belgrano, Guillermo Brown de Puerto Madryn, Newell's Old Boys, Club Atlético Tigre, and Quilmes Atlético Club. Cristian was born on September 12th, 1990 in Puerto Madryn.


Godbless Lema is a for Arusha City, Member of Parliament, forArushaCity, and National Assembly (Tanzania). Godbless was born on October 26th, 1976.


Nino Lema is a soccer player for the Celta de Vigo, Arosa SC, CD Alcoyano, RCD Mallorca, CD Tenerife, RCD Espanyol, and Rayo Vallecano. Nino was born on September 12th, 1964 in Vigo, Spain. Nino is also known as Lema and Benigno.


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Popularity of Lema as a last name

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Common last names for Lema

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Common first names for Lema

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Lema U.S.
  White 28.11% 64.26%
  African American 6.54% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.66% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.79% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.05% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 61.85% 16.26%

Of Last Name Lema

People with the last name Lema are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Lema

  • How Popular is the name Lema? Lema is the 19,936th most popular name of all time. As a last name Lema was the 8,439th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Lema have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 354 babies born with the first name Lema in the United States. That's more than enough people named Lema to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Lema? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1890 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Lema first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Lema is Monday, August 24th, 1868.
  • What year had the most people named Lema born? The highest recorded use of the first name Lema was in 1915 with a total of 17 babies.
  • Random Lema Factoid: According to the 1915 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Lema is not a popular baby girl's name in Mississippi. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Mississippi have the same name as you in 1915.
  • Weird things about the name Lema: Your name in reverse order is Amel. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Aelm. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Lema? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,913 people with the last name Lema.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Lema? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Lema as their last name.

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  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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