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Where did the Lewis coat of arms come from? When did the Lewis family first arrive in the United States?

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Lewis Coat of Arms
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Origin Displayed: Welsh

Origins Available: Welsh-Alt, Welsh

Spelling variations of this family name include: Lewis, Lewiss, Lewess, Lews, Llewys, Llewis, Lewwis, Llewess and many more.

First found in Glamorganshire , where the family held a seat from ancient times.

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.

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Motto Translated: Faithful to my country.

Suggested Readings for the name Lewis
Daybreak on Old Fortification Creek: A History of John Lewis by Glenn Hodges, The Family of John Lewis, Pioneer by Irvin Frazier, Genealogy of the James W. Lewis-Susan Clemmer Family by Dr. Thomas Ferrell.

Some noteworthy people of the name Lewis
  • Jerry Lee Lewis (b. 1935), American famous musician from Louisiana, one of the ten charter members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951), American novelist who won the Nobel Prize in literature for his novel "Arrowsmith"
  • Edward B Lewis (b. 1918), American geneticist who won the 1989 Wolf Prize in Medicine and the 1995 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • Mel Lewis (1929-1990), American jazz musician with fourteen Grammy nominations
  • Carl Lewis (b. 1961), American track and field athlete, nine-time Olympic champion, eight-time World Champion
  • Gilbert Newton Lewis (1875-1946), American physical chemist
  • John Llewellyn Lewis (1880-1969), American Labour leader and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Harry Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951), American novelist
  • Meriwether Lewis (1774-1809), American explorer and soldier, best known for his role as the leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
  • Brigadier-General Burton Oliver Lewis (1889-1977), American Commanding General Detroit Arsenal Ordnance Depot (1946-1947)


Clan Badge

Lewis, sept of the Clan Stuart

Is your family of Scottish descent? If so, you can proudly display the Stuart Clan Badge. This clan badge is used by all septs of that clan.

Lewis is also a Sept of the Clan MacLeod

Learn More About Welsh Surnames



Most Welsh surnames are patronymic; that is, they are derived from a personal name of an ancestor. In the Middle Ages, the prefixes ap, ab (son of) and ferch (daughter of) were commonly found in Welsh surnames. Welsh names used to include strings of patronymics going back through the generations, until the 16th century when people began to use fixed hereditary surnames. However, some surnames' prefixes can still be found today in many Welsh surnames, such as Prince, Probert, Bowen (ap Owen), and Beddoes. Henry VIII frowned upon this nomenclature and thus began the great change in Welsh surnames



The Black Prince, or Edward, Prince of Wales, (1330-76), is thought to have gained his nickname due to the color of his armor -- jet black. However, this claim cannot be verified. Contrary to popular conceptions, period illustrations typically depict him in silver or gilt armor, not black. He may have gained this moniker because he wore a black surcoat with a silver plume. Yet a more fantastic notion also circulates. Many hold the opinion that he was labeled black because of his skill as a knight or because he was often merciless towards the vanquished. His sacking of the town of Limoges in 1370 gives some credence to the latter notion. After taking the town, all its inhabitants were slaughtered, with no consideration to age or gender.



Writers and historians have long been divided on the truth of the many different tellings of the stories of Arthur, the great Welsh king of Britain. Although many now think that there is some truth underlying the widely varying accounts, the hard facts surrounding Arthur's reign are almost completely obscured in a mist of myths and legends. Like all legends, these tales evolved over many centuries. Their telling and retelling over those years, while it may have left them somewhat lacking in truth, has emphasized and expanded their most compelling parts, making the Arthurian saga as glorious and prolific a body of stories as any, in fact or fiction.


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