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  • IPA(key): /ˈluːɪs/
  • Hyphenation: Lew‧is

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English Lewis, Lowis, from Anglo-Norman, from Old French Louis, from Frankish *Hlūdawīg.

Proper noun[edit]

Lewis (plural Lewises)

  1. A male given name from Frankish
  2. A surname​.
    1. An English patronymic surname​.
    2. An Irish patronymic surname, an anglicization of Lobhaois, itself from Old French Louis.
    3. A Welsh patronymic surname, an adopted anglicization of Llywelyn.
  3. The title given to a partially apprenticed Freemason who is normally the Master or Son of a practicing Freemason; one practising or learning the degrees of Freemasonry after introduction to the degrees and before full induction or before becoming a Worshipful Brother.

Etymology 2[edit]

Derived from Scottish Gaelic Leòdhas, of uncertain origin; traditionally referred to Old Norse Ljóðahús, from ljóð (song, poem) + hús (house); but may be related to the Pictish name of the island recorded in Ptolemy's Geography as Λίμνου (Límnou).

Proper noun[edit]

Lewis (plural Lewises)

  1. Ellipsis of Isle of Lewis; an island in Scotland, United Kingdom.
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Etymology 3[edit]

From namesake.

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A locale in the United States.
    1. A city in Iowa.
    2. A city in Kansas; named for journalist M. M. Lewis.
    3. A town in Essex County, New York; named for Morgan Lewis, 3rd Governor of New York.
    4. A town in Lewis County, New York; named for its county, itself for Morgan Lewis.
    5. A town in Vermont; named for landowners Nathan, Sevignior and Timothy Lewis.
    6. A census-designated place in Colorado.
    7. A census-designated place in Wisconsin; named for founder Charles E. Lewis.
    8. An unincorporated community in Indiana.
    9. An unincorporated community in Missouri; named for landowner Howell Lewis.
    10. An unincorporated community in North Carolina.
    11. A ghost town in California.


  • 1595 William Shakespeare: Third Part of King Henry the Sixth: Act III, Scene III:
    And tell false Edward, thy supposed king,
    That Lewis of France is sending over masquers,
    To revel it with him and his new bride.
  • 1994 Joseph Heller: Closing Time →ISBN page 42:
    They named me Lewis and called me Louie as though my name was Louis, and I never saw the difference until Sammy pointed it out. And even then, I still don't see much difference.

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  • According to the 2010 United States Census, Lewis is the 29th most common surname in the United States, belonging to 531,781 individuals. Lewis is most common among White (58.2%) and Black/African American (34.8%) individuals.

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