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What does Llewellyn mean?

Llewellyn Pronunciation of Llewellyn as a boys' name is pronounced loo-ELL-en. It is of Welsh origin, and the meaning of Llewellyn is "like a lion". Like the Welsh name Lleu, Llewellyn is also possibly derived from the name of an ancient Celtic god, meaning "shining one".


ASSOCIATED WITH lion, ancient (old), shining (bright)


VARIANTS Lew, Lewellen, Lewellyn, Llewellen, Llewelyn, Llwewellin



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How popular is Llewellyn?

Llewellyn is an uncommon given name for males but a very popular last name for both adults and children (#5544 out of 150436, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Llewellyn was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its top position of #737 in the U.S. then, but is not listed at the moment. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Lew is the only other popular varying form of Llewellyn appearing in the Top 2000. These forms of Llewellyn were favored as birth names 138 years ago (USAGE OF 0.02%), but now, the version Lew has become somewhat outmoded.

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

Top 100 baby names ranking of Llewellyn and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Gwillyn (see Guillaume), Ledell, Levell, Levelle, Lowell and Seweryn. These names tend to be more frequently used than Llewellyn.

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