Lewis

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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Lewis

"Lewis" is a name of English origin, and it means "Famed Warrior". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun
Senses
  1. An iron dovetailed tenon, made in sections, which can be fitted into a dovetail mortise; -- used in hoisting large stones, etc.
  2. A kind of shears used in cropping woolen cloth.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. English critic and novelist; author of theological works and of books for children (1898-1963)
  2. United States novelist who satirized middle-class America in his novel Main Street (1885-1951)
  3. United States labor leader who was president of the United Mine Workers of America from 1920 to 1960 and president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations from 1935 to 1940 (1880-1969)
  4. United States explorer and soldier who lead led an expedition from St. Louis to the mouth of the Columbia River (1774-1809)
  5. United States athlete who won gold medals at the Olympics for his skill in sprinting and jumping (born in 1961)
  6. United States rock star singer and pianist (born in 1935)
Wiktionary

Anglo-Norman, from Old French Louis. See English Louis.

  1. A male given name of Norman origin, the English form of Louis.
  2. An English patronymic surname​.
  3. A Welsh surname​; anglicized form of Llewellyn.
  4. The Isle of Lewis, Scotland.
  5. The title given to a partially apprenticed Freemason who is normally the Master or Son of a practicing Freemason; One practising or learning the degrees of Freemasonry after introduction to the degrees and before full induction or before becoming a Worshipful Brother.

Notable Persons Named Lewis

Lewis Hamilton is a formula one racer.

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Lou Reed was a rock music, experimental music, proto-punk, glam rock, and art rock musician. He plays Fender Telecaster, Gretsch, Gretsch White Falcon, Fender Stratocaster, Gibson ES-335, Epiphone, Gibson SG, and Steinberger. He was most prominent from 1958 to 2013. Lou was given the name Lewis Allan Reed on March 2nd, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. He left this life on October 27th, 2013.

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Lewis Carroll was a children's literature, fantasy literature, mathematical logic, poetry, literary nonsense, linear algebra, and voting system writer, mathematician, anglican cleric, photographer, artist, and anglicanism. Lewis was given the name Charles Lutwidge Dodgson on January 27th, 1832 in Daresbury, Cheshire, England. Lewis is also known as Dodgson and Charles Lutwidge (real name). He breathed his last breath on January 14th, 1898.

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Brian Jones was a rock music, rock, roll, blues rock, british rhythm, and blues musician. He plays Guitar, harmonica, Gretsch, Vox Mark III, Gibson Firebird, and Fender Telecaster. He was most prominent from 1962 to 1969. Brian was given the name Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones on February 28th, 1942 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England. Brian is also known as Elmo Lewis. He left this life on July 3rd, 1969.

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Lewis Black is a satire, political satire, news satire, observational comedy, black comedy, and monologue comedian. Lewis was given the name Lewis Niles Black on August 30th, 1948 in Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S.

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Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller is a military person. His military service ended in 1955.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Lewis

Edmonia Lewis was an artist in the field of sculpture. Edmonia was born Edmonia Lewis on July 4th, 1844 in East Greenbush, New York. She breathed her last breath on September 17th, 1907.

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Damian Lewis is an actor and film producer. He was most active from 1993 to present. Damian was given the name Damian Watcyn Lewis on February 11th, 1971 in St. John's Wood, London, England.

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CM, CBE Lennox Lewis is a boxer. CM, was born on September 2nd, 1965 in London, England.

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C. S. Lewis was a christian apologetics, fantasy, science fiction, and children's literature writer. C. was given the name Clive Staples Lewis on November 29th, 1898 in Belfast. He left this life on November 22nd, 1963.

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Jerry Lewis is a character comedy and physical comedy comedian. Jerry was given the name Joseph Levitch on March 16th, 1926 in , United States.

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Juliette Lewis is an actress and singer. She has been prominent since 1987. Juliette was born as the child of Geoffrey Lewis (actor) on June 21st, 1973 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 517 0 517 #30 boy name
1881 439 0 439 #35 boy name
1882 441 0 441 #38 boy name
1883 431 0 431 #38 boy name
1884 476 0 476 #39 boy name
1885 437 0 437 #42 boy name
1886 431 0 431 #43 boy name
1887 343 0 343 #49 boy name
1888 412 0 412 #50 boy name
1889 414 0 414 #47 boy name
1890 375 0 375 #51 boy name
1891 357 0 357 #50 boy name
1892 405 6 399 #55 boy name
1893 364 0 364 #57 boy name
1894 359 0 359 #59 boy name
1895 382 5 377 #57 boy name
1896 386 0 386 #56 boy name
1897 383 5 378 #54 boy name
1898 352 0 352 #62 boy name
1899 352 0 352 #54 boy name
1900 469 0 469 #53 boy name
1901 309 0 309 #63 boy name
1902 385 0 385 #58 boy name
1903 340 5 335 #65 boy name
1904 402 0 402 #59 boy name
1905 390 6 384 #66 boy name
1906 365 0 365 #69 boy name
1907 427 0 427 #66 boy name
1908 489 0 489 #61 boy name
1909 484 7 477 #64 boy name
1910 562 7 555 #65 boy name
1911 664 10 654 #66 boy name
1912 1,255 8 1,247 #68 boy name
1913 1,393 9 1,384 #72 boy name
1914 1,780 13 1,767 #72 boy name
1915 2,314 7 2,307 #70 boy name
1916 2,383 9 2,374 #71 boy name
1917 2,500 23 2,477 #70 boy name
1918 2,610 17 2,593 #74 boy name
1919 2,451 21 2,430 #74 boy name
1920 2,697 10 2,687 #72 boy name
1921 2,731 19 2,712 #71 boy name
1922 2,575 20 2,555 #75 boy name
1923 2,629 11 2,618 #74 boy name
1924 2,684 14 2,670 #77 boy name
1925 2,592 15 2,577 #79 boy name
1926 2,465 20 2,445 #82 boy name
1927 2,516 20 2,496 #82 boy name
1928 2,362 22 2,340 #86 boy name
1929 2,239 12 2,227 #84 boy name
1930 2,263 18 2,245 #87 boy name
1931 2,171 14 2,157 #87 boy name
1932 2,129 17 2,112 #92 boy name
1933 2,048 11 2,037 #91 boy name
1934 2,077 14 2,063 #94 boy name
1935 1,983 12 1,971 #98 boy name
1936 1,862 7 1,855
1937 1,847 12 1,835
1938 1,894 11 1,883
1939 1,866 10 1,856
1940 1,907 8 1,899
1941 1,983 11 1,972
1942 2,191 10 2,181
1943 2,191 13 2,178
1944 2,059 17 2,042
1945 1,847 12 1,835
1946 2,159 6 2,153
1947 2,454 14 2,440
1948 2,151 8 2,143
1949 2,090 10 2,080
1950 2,028 0 2,028
1951 2,009 10 1,999
1952 2,004 11 1,993
1953 1,862 6 1,856
1954 1,842 8 1,834
1955 1,791 11 1,780
1956 1,778 15 1,763
1957 1,673 0 1,673
1958 1,674 6 1,668
1959 1,550 14 1,536
1960 1,404 10 1,394
1961 1,343 10 1,333
1962 1,285 6 1,279
1963 1,288 6 1,282
1964 1,263 13 1,250
1965 1,117 0 1,117
1966 1,065 10 1,055
1967 1,067 5 1,062
1968 973 10 963
1969 959 15 944
1970 1,013 12 1,001
1971 942 9 933
1972 802 0 802
1973 756 7 749
1974 717 9 708
1975 669 10 659
1976 690 11 679
1977 671 6 665
1978 635 9 626
1979 710 10 700
1980 646 0 646
1981 621 13 608
1982 600 7 593
1983 601 8 593
1984 565 10 555
1985 559 0 559
1986 590 9 581
1987 578 7 571
1988 575 5 570
1989 560 0 560
1990 579 0 579
1991 574 0 574
1992 544 0 544
1993 459 0 459
1994 431 0 431
1995 378 0 378
1996 428 0 428
1997 372 0 372
1998 353 0 353
1999 412 0 412
2000 354 0 354
2001 337 0 337
2002 349 0 349
2003 321 0 321
2004 340 6 334
2005 327 0 327
2006 331 0 331
2007 338 0 338
2008 384 0 384
2009 325 0 325
2010 325 0 325
2011 370 0 370
2012 377 0 377
2013 386 0 386
2014 463 0 463
2015 494 0 494
2016 587 0 587
2017 515 0 515

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Popularity of Lewis as a first name

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Popularity of Lewis as a last name

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Common last names for Lewis

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Miller
  • Wilson
  • Thompson
  • Moore
  • Taylor
  • Thomas
  • Clark
  • Martin
  • White
  • Walker
  • Hall
  • Harris
  • Anderson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Lewis U.S.
  White 58.23% 64.26%
  African American 34.84% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.56% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.20% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.58% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.58% 16.26%

Of Last Name Lewis

People with the last name Lewis are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Lewis

  • What name lists does Lewis rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Lewis? Lewis is the 480th most popular name of all time. As a last name Lewis was the 29th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Lewis have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 151,618 babies born with the first name Lewis in the United States. That's more than enough people named Lewis to occupy the country of Cura with an estimated population of 149,679 (as of March 26, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Lewis? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 517 new born babies.
  • When was Lewis first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Lewis is Sunday, June 12th, 1864.
  • What year had the most people named Lewis born? The highest recorded use of the first name Lewis was in 1921 with a total of 2,712 babies. That's a lot of babies named Lewis!
  • Random Lewis Factoid: According to the 1911 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Lewis ranks 59th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Alabama. Imagine that, 26 babies in Alabama have the same name as you in 1911.
  • Weird things about the name Lewis: Your name in reverse order is Siwel. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Weisl. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Lewis? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 531,781 people with the last name Lewis.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Lewis? Lewis was ranked as the 29th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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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)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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