"devoted to God"

Lemuel Origin and Meaning

The name Lemuel is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "devoted to God".

Lemuel is a neglected Old Testament name, with the friendly nickname Lem, that we're surprised hasn't been picked up on by parents who have known too many Samuels.

In the Bible, Lemuel is mentioned twice in Proverbs as a king, but the name is probably remembered more as the first name of the narrator who journeys to Liliput in Jonathan Swift's satirical Gulliver's Travels.

In the Book of Mormon, Lemuel was one of the sons of Lehi, notable for his rebellion against Lehi and Nephi.

Lemuel was Number 195 in 1881, but started a downward trajectory from which it never recovered.

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Lemuel Rank in US Top 1000

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Lemuel Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Lemuel Popularity

Famous People Named Lemuel

  • LemuelBiblical king mentioned in Proverbs 31:1 and 4
  • Lemuel Cornick Shepherd Jr.U.S. Marine Corps general
  • Lemuel ShawAmerican jurist; 19th Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court
  • Lemuel HaynesAmerican Congregationalist minister; first black ordained clergyman in the U.S.
  • Lemuel Francis AbbottEnglish painter
  • Lemuel MathewsonU.S. Army lieutenant general
  • Lemuel Pratt GrantAmerican railroad tycoon
  • Lemuel Everett WilmarthAmerican painter

Lemuel in Pop Culture

  • Lemuel Gullivermain character in "Gulliver's Travels"
  • Lemuelcharacter on TV's "The Man in the High Castle"
  • Lemuel Wileycharacter from the “Spoon River Anthology”
  • Lemuel Bridgera vampire on TV's "Midnight, Texas"
  • Lemuel "Lemmy" Barnetcharacter in British radio serial "Journey into Space"