The proud Flewis 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."
Early Origins of the Flewis family
The surname Flewis 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.
Early History of the Flewis family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Flewis 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 Flewis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Flewis Spelling Variations
Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh
surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. These spelling variations
began almost as soon as surname usage became common. People could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh
names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic
language of the Welsh
used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Flewis name over the years has been spelled Lewis
, Lewiss, Lewess, Lews, Llewys, Llewis, Lewwis, Llewess and many more.
Early Notables of the Flewis family (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 Flewis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Flewis family to Ireland
Some of the Flewis 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.
Migration of the Flewis family to the New World and Oceana
began to emigrate to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s in search of land, work, and freedom. Those that arrived helped shape the industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. The records regarding immigration and passenger show a number of people bearing the name Flewis: Robert Lewis
, who emigrated from Wales
to Virginia in 1638; Abigail Lewis, who came to Maryland in 1659; Owen Lewis, who immigrated to Virginia in 1667.
The Flewis 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.