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What does Lewis mean?

Lewis \le-wis\ as a boys' name is pronounced LOO-iss. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Lewis is "famous warrior". Anglicization of Louis. Author Lewis Carroll.


Lewis has 4 variants: Lew, Lou, Louis and Luis.

For more information, see also the related boy name Aloysius.

Lewis has 12 more related variations via Louis: Aloysius, Lewes, Lodewick, Lodovico, Louie, Lucho, Ludovic, Ludovicus, Ludvig, Ludvik, Ludwig and Luigi.


Lewis is a very prominent first name for males (#180 out of 1220, Top 15%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#26 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Lewis for boys. Lewis reached its apex rank of #41 in the U.S. then, and is at #597 currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Lewis name in U.S.

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

Below is a charted comparison of the usage of the boy name Lewis and related names. Aloysius, Lew, Lou, Louie, Louis (#289 last year), Ludvig, Ludwig, Luigi and Luis (#99) are the popular varying forms of Lewis (#597 last year). Adoption of these boy names was at its most widespread during 1900-1909 (usage of 0.5249%) and has become much lower since (usage 0.2015%, down 61.6%), with forms like Aloysius, Lou, Louie, Ludwig and Luigi becoming somewhat outmoded. Luis (#99) is the most contemporarily stylish baby name here. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Aloysius, Lew, Lewis, Lou, Louie, Louis, Ludwig, Luigi, Luis in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Lewis is alike in pronunciation to Les. Another suggested similar baby name is Lexis. These names tend to be less frequently used than Lewis.