The Lewien 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 Lewien family
The surname Lewien was first found in Shropshire
where the family was anciently seated.
Early History of the Lewien family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lewien research.Another 318 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1010, 1086, 1275, 1292, 1327, 1661, 1712, 1820, 1661, 1576, 1659 and 1602 are included under the topic Early Lewien History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Lewien 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 Lewien family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Justinian Lewyn (Lewen) knighted May 12, 1661; and John Lowin (1576-1659), an English actor, became associated with the theatrical world by 1602. Born in... Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lewien Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Lewien family to Ireland
Some of the Lewien family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 74 words (5 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 Lewien family to the New World and Oceana
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 Lewien or a variant listed above: Mary Lewin was recorded as having arrived in Virginia in 1638; Charles Lewen arrived in Maryland in 1669; William Lewin arrived in New England