Lew History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The proud Lew 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 Lew family
The surname Lew 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 Lew family
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Lew 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 Lew have included Lewis, Lewiss, Lewess, Lews, Llewys, Llewis, Lewwis, Llewess and many more.
Early Notables of the Lew 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), an English landowner and...
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Migration of the Lew family to Ireland
Some of the Lew family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Lew migration to the United States +
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 Lew:
Lew Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Sarah Lew, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 
Contemporary Notables of the name Lew (post 1700) +
- Joseph Lew, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1920 
- Ginger Lew, American Democrat politician, Member, Rules Committee, Democratic National Convention, 2008 
- Randy "nanonoko" Lew (b. 1985), American professional poker and competitive fighting game player who has amassed over 2,600,000 playing poker on PokerStars
- Scott Lew (1969-2017), American screenwriter, known for Sexy Evil Genius and Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas; he suffered from ALS
- Ronald S.W. Lew (b. 1941), American jurist, U.S. District Court Judge for the Central District of California (1987-2006)
- James Jene Fae Lew (b. 1952), American three-time Screen Actors Guild Award nominated martial arts actor
- Jacob Joseph "Jack" Lew (b. 1955), American government administrator and attorney, the 76th and current United States Secretary of the Treasury (2013-)
- Harry Haskell "Bucky" Lew (1884-1963), African American who was the first to integrate professional basketball in 1902, direct descendant of Barzillai Lew
- Barzillai Lew (1743-1822), African American soldier who served with distinction during the American Revolutionary War
- Elizabeth L. Van Lew, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Richmond, Virginia, 1869-77 
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The Lew 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.
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html