Show ContentsLewen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Lewen surname comes from a Middle English given name Lefwine, which in turn comes from the Old English elements "leof," which meant "dear" or "beloved," and "wine," which meant "friend."

Early Origins of the Lewen family

The surname Lewen was first found in Shropshire where the family was anciently seated.

Early History of the Lewen family

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Lewen Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Lewin, Lewins, Lewens, Lewinson and others.

Early Notables of the Lewen family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was

  • Justinian Lewyn (Lewen) knighted May 12, 1661

United States Lewen migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Lewen or a variant listed above:

Lewen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Lewen, who landed in Virginia in 1636 [1]
  • Robert Lewen, who arrived in Maryland in 1665 [1]
  • Charles Lewen, who arrived in Maryland in 1669 [1]
Lewen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Isaac Lewen, aged 29, who arrived in New York, NY in 1874 [1]
  • Jacob Lewen, aged 31, who landed in New York, NY in 1874 [1]
  • Biedr Lewen, aged 25, who landed in New York, NY in 1874 [1]
  • Heinr Lewen, aged 32, who landed in New York, NY in 1884 [1]

Australia Lewen migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Lewen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Charles Lewen, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Simlah" in 1849 [2]
  • William Lewen, aged 19, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Caucasian" [3]
  • Mary Lewen, aged 22, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Thetis" [4]

  1. 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)
  2. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SIMLAH 1849. Retrieved from
  3. South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BARQUE CAUCASIAN 1852. Retrieved
  4. South Australian Register Friday 1st September 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Emigrant 1854. Retrieved on Facebook