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The proud Lewis surname is from the personal name Lewis, an Anglicized form of the Welsh name Llewellyn. This name is often explained as meaning "lion-like," but is in fact probably derived from the Welsh word "llyw," which means "leader." Alternatively, the name Lewis is also an Anglo-French form of the Old Frankish name Hludwig, which means "loud battle."

Lewis Early Origins



The surname Lewis was first found in Glamorganshire (Welsh: Sir Forgannwg), a region of South Wales, anciently part of the Welsh kingdom of Glywysing, where the family held a seat from ancient times.

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Lewis Spelling Variations


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Lewis Spelling Variations



The Welsh have an extremely large amount of spelling variations of their native surnames to their credit. It was up to the priest or the scribe taking the official records to determine how the spoken name was to be made literal. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Lewis have included Lewis, Lewiss, Lewess, Lews, Llewys, Llewis, Lewwis, Llewess and many more.

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Lewis Early History


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Lewis Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lewis research. Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1598, 1677, 1640, 1677, 1625, 1661, 1660, 1627, 1706, 1616, 1679, 1664, 1699, 1690, 1650, 1674, 1669, 1675 and are included under the topic Early Lewis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lewis Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Lewis Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Sir William Lewis, 1st Baronet (1598-1677), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1640 and 1677; William Lewis (1625-1661), an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1660; Richard Lewis (c 1627-1706)...

Another 58 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lewis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lewis In Ireland


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Lewis In Ireland



Some of the Lewis family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Lewis:

Lewis Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Roger Lewis, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Edm Lewis, who landed in New England in 1634
  • Edmond Lewis, aged 33, arrived in America in 1634
  • Ed Lewis, who landed in New England in 1634
  • John Lewis, who landed in New England in 1634
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Lewis Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Francis Lewis, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Xto Lewis, who landed in Virginia in 1706
  • Ellis Lewis, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1708
  • Ellis Lewis, who settled in Kennett, Pennsylvania in 1708
  • Jone Lewis, who arrived in Virginia in 1719
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Lewis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Ruhard Lewis, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Susan Lewis, aged 36, landed in Delaware in 1803
  • Andw Lewis, aged 20, landed in Delaware in 1803
  • Fanny Lewis, aged 70, landed in Delaware in 1803
  • Fanny, Lewis Jr., aged 15, landed in Delaware in 1803
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Lewis Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • William J Lewis, who arrived in Arkansas in 1901
  • Harold S Lewis, who landed in Colorado in 1903
  • Nathaniel Lewis, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1905
  • Leonard Gaetz Lewis, who arrived in Alabama in 1913

Lewis Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • David Lewis, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • John Lewis, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Thomas Lewis, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Martha Lewis, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mary Lewis, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Lewis Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Isaac Lewis, who arrived in Canada in 1828
  • Eleazar Lewis, who arrived in Canada in 1829
  • Elizabeth Lewis, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1832
  • Joseph Lewis, aged 27, a chordwinder, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Alchymist" from Falmouth, Cornwall, England
  • John Lewis, aged 25, a currier, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Lewis Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Lewis, English convict from Shropshire, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • James Lewis, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Charles Lewis, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • William Lewis, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • John Lewis, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Lewis Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Francis Charles Lewis landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • J Lewis landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Oriental
  • John Henry Lewis landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
  • Benjamin Lewis landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • David Lewis landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Oriental
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Lewis (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Lewis (post 1700)



  • John Reilly Lewis (1944-2016), American founding conductor of the Washington Bach Consort
  • Andrew Lindsay Lewis Jr., (1931-2016), American businessman and politician, 7th United States Secretary of Transportation (1981-1983)
  • Guy Vernon Lewis II (1922-2015), American basketball player and coach, inducted into National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013
  • Monica Lewis (1922-2015), born May Lewis, an American jazz singer and film actress, the longtime voice of Chiquita Banana
  • Geoffrey Lewis (1935-2015), American character actor, known for his roles in High Plains Drifter, Maverick and The Lawnmower Man, frequently co-starring with Clint Eastwood
  • Peter B. Lewis (1933-2013), American businessman who was the chairman of Progressive Insurance Company
  • Anthony Lewis (1927-2013), American journalist who wrote for The New York Times and The New York Review of Books, winner of Pulitzer Prize (1955, 1963)
  • Francis Lewis (1713-1802), American signer of the American Declaration of Independence for New York
  • Meriwether Lewis (1774-1809), American explorer, soldier, and public administrator
  • Major-General Robert Henry Lewis (1884-1965), American Commanding General Northwestern Sector, Western Defense Command (1943-1946)
  • ... (Another 33 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Lewis Historic Events


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Lewis Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Charles Lewis, British Chief 3rd Class Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. John Lewis, British Assistant Cook from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Henry Lewis, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Leslie Raymond Lewis (1917-1941), Australian Acting Leading Seaman from Darlinghurst, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Desmond Henry Lewis (1915-1941), Australian Bandsman from Milsons Point, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Ambrose Henry Lewis (1901-1941), Australian Stoker Petty Officer from Moore Park, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Thomas Lewis (b. 1915), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Seaham Harbour, County Durham, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Michael E Lewis (b. 1906), English Stoker Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Fulham, London, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Edward P S Lewis (b. 1911), Scottish Lieutenant serving for the Royal Navy from Scotland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Alfred G Lewis (b. 1915), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Southampton, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Ronald John Lewis, British Canteen Assistant, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Edward G Lewis, British Yeoman of Signals, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Edward A Lewis, British Stoker Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Joseph Lewis, English Trimmer from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. F. Lewis, English Fireman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Fred Lewis, English Second Waiter from Bolton, Lancashire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. John Idwal Lewis, English Senior Third Officer from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Isaac John Lewis, American 2nd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • ... (Another 2 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Arthur Ernest Lewis, aged 27, English Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 15

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Suggested Readings for the name Lewis


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Suggested Readings for the name Lewis



  • Daybreak on Old Fortification Creek: A History of John Lewis by Glenn Hodges.
  • The Family of John Lewis, Pioneer by Irvin Frazier.
  • Genealogy of the James W. Lewis-Susan Clemmer Family by Dr. Thomas Ferrell.

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Patriae fidus
Motto Translation: Faithful to my country.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    10. Thirsk, Joan ed. Et. Al. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    11. ...

    The Lewis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lewis Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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