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Surname Origin and Meaning

Lewis is a common Welsh surname originating from the Germanic first name meaning 'famous battle'. In Scotland the name is more likely to derive from the island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. The earliest record of the surname is dated 1202 in the Pipe Rolls of Lancashire, where the name appears as Lowis. Celebrities named Lewis include singer Jerry Lee Lewis, Olympic athlete Denise Lewis, and The Chronicles of Narnia author C S Lewis.

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Lewis Genealogy and Family History

The earliest occurrence of the Lewis surname in our family history documents is from 1465, and we currently have 4,737,090 records where Lewis appears. Here are a few more facts to get you started…