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What does Lew mean?

Lew Pronunciation of Lew [lew] as a boys' name has its roots in Old German and Welsh, and the meaning of the name Lew is "famous warrior; like a lion". Lew is a variant form of Lewis (Old German): anglicization of Louis. Lew is also a variation of Llewellyn (Welsh): like the Welsh name Lleu.

Associated with: famous, warrior, lion.


Lew has 2 variants: Lou and Louie.

2 more different relations via Lewis, Llewellyn, Louis: Lewes and Luis.

Creative forms:
(male) Ler, Lle, ..

(female) Lle, Llei, ..

Middle name pairings:
Lew Campbell (L.C.), ..

How popular is Lew?

Lew is an uncommon first name for men but a very popular surname for all people (#4464 out of 150436, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Lew reached its top rank of #529 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not listed at the moment. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lew name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lew outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. Lewis (#569 from current records), Llewellyn, Lou, Louie (#967), Louis (#297) and Luis (#106) are the prominent related forms of Lew. These relations of Lew were at the top of their popularity in the 1880s (average #390) and are now significantly less widespread (#1134, 76%), with versions like Louie becoming less trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lew, Lewis, Llewellyn, Lou, Louie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Louis, Luis in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lewis, Louie, Louis outside U.S.

Similar Names

Lew is alike in pronunciation to La-, Le, Le-, Lea, Lee, Leigh, Leo, Lleu, Loew, Loewe, Loewy, Lowe, Loy and Lugh. Other recommended names are Hew, Lem, Len, Les, Lev and Lex. These names tend to be more commonly used than Lew.

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