Origins Available: Welsh-Alt
The roots of the Celtic name of Lewess lie amid the rugged landscape of Wales
. This old, proud name 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 Lewess family
The surname Lewess 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 Lewess family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lewess research.Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 189 and are included under the topic Early Lewess History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Lewess Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Lewis
, Lewiss, Lewess, Lews, Llewys, Llewis, Lewwis, Llewess and many more.
Early Notables of the Lewess family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Lewess family to Ireland
Some of the Lewess 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 Lewess family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: 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.