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What does Lewis mean?

Lewis /lewis/ 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.

Associated with: famous, warrior


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

Affiliated boy name: Aloysius.

Lewis has 3 more relations via Louis: Lewes, Louie and Ludwig.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Lawis, Lenwis, ..

(female) Lewissey, Lewissha, ..

How popular is Lewis?

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. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Displayed below is the birth name statistics of Lewis for boys. Lewis was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its apex rank of #41 in the U.S. then, and is at #597 currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

Top 2000 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 (#1107 last year), Louis (#289), Ludwig and Luis (#99) are the popular varying forms of Lewis (#597 last year). Adoption of these relations of Lewis was more pronounced during 1880-1889 (average #412) and has become much lower since (#1261, 76%), with forms like Lewis becoming less stylish.

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

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

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

Similar Names


Lewis is alike in pronunciation to Les and Luiz. Other suggested similar names are Alwis, Bemis, Bevis, Denis, Kevis, Leif, Leonis, Levi, Levin, Lexis, Lexus, Regis, Reis and Tevis. These names tend to be less frequently used than Lewis.