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The Lewellen surname is derived from the Welsh personal name Llewellyn, which was also spelled Llywelin. This name is often explained as meaning lion-like, but is in fact probably derived from the Welsh word "llyw," which means leader. The Welsh double l was a constant source of trouble to English speakers, and was often translated "f." "A very ancient Welsh personal name, borne by many princes and magnates of Celtic origin." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


Lewellen Early Origins



The surname Lewellen was first found in Pembrokeshire (Welsh: Sir Benfro), a county in south-west Wales, anciently part of the Welsh kingdom of Deheubarth. The most famous and oldest reference of the name was Dafydd ap Llywelyn (c.1212-1246), Prince of Gwynedd from 1240 to 1246, the first ruler to claim the title Prince of Wales. His father was Llywelyn the Great (Welsh: Llywelyn Fawr) ( c. 1172-1240), Prince of Gwynedd in north Wales who eventually became ruler over most of Wales. "Davydd ab Llewelyn died at Aber, about 1246, and was buried in the abbey of Conway." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Wales. Institute of Historical Research, 1849, Print.

Over in Aberedow, South Wales "Llewelyn's Cave, is said to have been occasionally used as an asylum by that brave, but unfortunate, prince, Llewelyn ab Grufydd, the last royal defender of Welsh liberty and independence, against the overpowering army of Edward I." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Wales. Institute of Historical Research, 1849, Print.


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Lewellen Spelling Variations


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Lewellen Spelling Variations



Although there are comparatively few Welsh surnames, they have a great many spelling variations. Variations of Welsh names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. 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 were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Lewellen have included Flewelling, Flewellen, Llewellen, Llewillan, Llewellyn, Alewellyin, Flewellyn, Flywillan, Fleuellan, Llewallin, Llewallyn, Flewellan, Flewellin, Llewellan, Lewellin, Lewellen, Lewillan, Lewellyn, Lywellen, Lywellin, Lewallin and many more.

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Lewellen Early History


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Lewellen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lewellen research. Another 251 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1500, 1380 and 1415 are included under the topic Early Lewellen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lewellen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Lewellen Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Sir Dafydd ap Llewelyn ap Hywel (c. 1380-1415), better known as Dafydd Gam or Davy Gam, a Welsh medieval...

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lewellen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lewellen In Ireland


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Lewellen In Ireland



Some of the Lewellen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 125 words (9 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



Many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Lewellen:

Lewellen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Margaret Lewellen, who arrived in Virginia in 1654

Lewellen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • David Lewellen, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1886

Lewellen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Roy Lewellen, who emigrated to the United States, in 1919
  • R. Lewellen, aged 33, who settled in America, in 1921

Lewellen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • W. Lewellen arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Posthumous" in 1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Lewellen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Lewellen (post 1700)



  • Royce R. Lewellen (b. 1930), retired California Superior Court Judge in Santa Barbara County, eponym of the Royce R. Lewellen Justice Center
  • Wayne Lewellen (1944-2009), American film distribution executive and producer for Paramount Pictures
  • Verne Lewellen (1901-1980), American football player
  • Roy C. Lewellen, American Democrat politician, Member of Arkansas State Senate
  • Robert Lewellen, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Hampshire, 1988
  • Paula K. Lewellen, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1960
  • Homer W. Lewellen, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1964
  • Everett L. Lewellen, American Republican politician, Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives from Andrew County, 1934

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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Wales. Institute of Historical Research, 1849, Print.

Other References

  1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Thirsk, Joan ed. Et. Al. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  6. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  8. Evans, Gwynfor. Wales: A History: 2000 Years of Welsh History. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-120-2).
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
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The Lewellen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lewellen 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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