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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Lew

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Lew
Lukewarm; tepid.

Etymology: Cf. lee a calm or sheltered place, lukewarm

Wiktionary
  1. (astronomy) Leo (constellation)
  2. Leo (the zodiac sign)
  3. A male given name, cognate to English Leo

Notable Persons Named Lew

Lew Ayres was an actor. He was most active from 1929 to 1994. Lew was given the name Lewis Frederick Ayres III on December 28th, 1908 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. He died on December 30th, 1996.

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Lew Wallace is a 11th Governor of New Mexico Territory, United States Minister to the Ottoman Empire, and United States Ambassador to Turkey. Lew was born on April 10th, 1827 in Brookville, Indiana.

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Lew Temple is an actor. He was most active from 1993 to present. Lew was born on October 2nd, 1967 in United States.

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Lew Wasserman was a hollywood studio head; talent agent and talent agent. Lew was given the name Lewis Robert Wasserman on March 22nd, 1913 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. He died on June 3rd, 2002.

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Lew Rockwell is a political commentator, editor, blogger, podcaster, and former congressional staffer. Lew was given the name Llewellyn Harrison Rockwell, Jr. on July 1st, 1944 in Boston.

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Lew was born on June 12th, 1928. He passed away on June 11th, 2000.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Lew

Jack Lew is a Director of the Office of Management, Budget, 76th United States Secretary of the Treasury, 26th White House Chief of Staff, Director of theOffice of Management, Deputy Secretary of State for Management, and Resources. Jack was born on August 29th, 1955.

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Elizabeth was born on October 25th, 1818 in Richmond, Virginia. Elizabeth is also known as Crazy Bett". She left this life on September 25th, 1900.

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Solomon Lew is a chairman of premier investments and chairman ofpremier investments. Solomon was born on March 22nd, 1945 in Brunswick, Melbourne, Australia.

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James was born on September 6th, 1952 in Escalon, California.

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Harry Lew was a u.s. marine lance corporal, lance corporal, and u.s. marinelance corporal. Harry was born in 1990 in Santa Clara, California, United States. He breathed his last breath on April 3rd, 2011.

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Randy was born on July 3rd, 1985.

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How popular is the baby name Lew in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 20 0 20
1881 9 0 9
1882 16 0 16
1883 11 0 11
1884 15 0 15
1885 18 0 18
1886 7 0 7
1887 13 0 13
1888 9 0 9
1889 9 0 9
1890 9 0 9
1891 9 0 9
1892 11 0 11
1893 8 0 8
1894 9 0 9
1895 9 0 9
1896 11 0 11
1900 7 0 7
1901 6 0 6
1902 10 0 10
1903 5 0 5
1904 6 0 6
1905 5 0 5
1907 8 0 8
1908 17 0 17
1909 5 0 5
1910 9 0 9
1911 10 0 10
1912 21 0 21
1913 18 0 18
1914 20 0 20
1915 26 0 26
1916 29 0 29
1917 33 0 33
1918 32 0 32
1919 14 0 14
1920 19 0 19
1921 29 0 29
1922 20 0 20
1923 25 0 25
1924 28 0 28
1925 34 0 34
1926 24 0 24
1927 22 0 22
1928 15 0 15
1929 27 5 22
1930 26 0 26
1931 35 0 35
1932 31 0 31
1933 28 0 28
1934 31 0 31
1935 30 0 30
1936 30 0 30
1937 28 0 28
1938 31 0 31
1939 30 0 30
1940 33 0 33
1941 35 0 35
1942 27 0 27
1943 31 0 31
1944 28 0 28
1945 30 0 30
1946 36 0 36
1947 42 0 42
1948 25 0 25
1949 26 0 26
1950 33 0 33
1951 32 0 32
1952 35 0 35
1953 37 0 37
1954 31 0 31
1955 35 0 35
1956 40 5 35
1957 59 5 54
1958 47 0 47
1959 55 0 55
1960 37 0 37
1961 34 0 34
1962 32 0 32
1963 29 0 29
1964 18 0 18
1965 23 0 23
1966 11 0 11
1967 20 0 20
1968 22 0 22
1969 23 0 23
1970 21 0 21
1971 15 0 15
1972 12 0 12
1973 11 0 11
1974 7 0 7
1975 10 0 10
1976 8 0 8
1977 6 0 6
1978 8 0 8
1979 8 0 8
1980 12 0 12
1981 12 0 12
1982 6 0 6
1983 10 0 10
1984 5 0 5
1986 10 0 10
1987 6 0 6
1988 6 0 6
1989 5 0 5
1991 8 0 8
1992 5 0 5
1996 5 0 5
2016 6 0 6

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Popularity of Lew as a first name

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Popularity of Lew as a last name

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Common last names for Lew

  • Wallace
  • Williams
  • Miller
  • Jones
  • Lewis
  • Wilson
  • Davis
  • Lee
  • Wong
  • Thomas

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Lew U.S.
  White 18.81% 64.26%
  African American 1.13% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 71.50% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.11% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 5.02% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.43% 16.26%

Of Last Name Lew

People with the last name Lew are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Lew

  • How Popular is the name Lew? Lew is the 6,410th most popular name of all time. As a last name Lew was the 4,775th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Lew have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,185 babies born with the first name Lew in the United States. That's more than enough people named Lew to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Lew? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 20 new born babies.
  • When was Lew first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Lew is Friday, April 5th, 1805.
  • What year had the most people named Lew born? The highest recorded use of the first name Lew was in 1959 with a total of 55 babies.
  • Random Lew Factoid: According to the 1959 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Lew is not a popular baby boy's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 1959.
  • Weird things about the name Lew: Your name in reverse order is Wel. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ewl. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Lew? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 7,410 people with the last name Lew.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Lew? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Lew as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
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