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Gender: M Meaning of Lewis: "renowned warrior" Origin of Lewis: English variation of Louis Lewis's Popularity in 2013: #640

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Lewis, the more formal and phonetic spelling of the French Louis has been in the Top 3 in Scotland since 2000, and is one that parents in the U.S. are just beginning to rethink.

Lewis was a Top 100 name in this country from 1880 to 1930, reaching Number 30 in 1880. One of its most famous namesakes is Lewis Carroll--born Charles; a current bearer is comedian Lewis Black. Lewis is also a very common surname, as in Lewis & Clark, Jerry Lewis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Daniel Day Lewis, Sinclair Lewis, Leona Lewis, and many other notables. Louis Armstrong pronounced his first name as Lewis.

Lewis is currently Number 202 on Nameberry, while Louis, the choice of Sandra Bullock for her son, is 134.

Nickname/middle name Lou is making a comeback for girls (as in Keri Russell's Willa Lou), so why not Lew for boys?

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Famous People Named Lewis

Lewis Yancey, American aviator
Lewis Archer Boswell, American aviator
Lewis Carroll, English novelist
Lewis Black, American comedian
Lewis Hamilton, English Formula One racer
Lewis Nash, American jazz drummer
Matthew David "Matt" Lewis, English actor
Lewis Madison Terman, renowned American psychologist
(Lewis) Jefferson Mays, American actor
Lewis Kristian Marnell, Australian pro skateboarder
Lewis Watson, English singer-songwriter
Lewis Nixon, original member of Easy Company who became S-2 for 2nd Battalion (506 PIR) and was portrayed by Ron Livingston in the HBO miniseries 'Band of Brothers'
C.S. Lewis, Irish novelist and academic
Daniel Day-Lewis, English actor

Pop Culture References for the Name Lewis

Lewis, a character in the Quebecer parody show "Le coeur a ses raisons"

Lew, Lewes, Lewie, Lewy, Lou, Louis