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Gender: Male Meaning of Lemuel: "devoted to God" Origin of Lemuel: Hebrew

The name Lemuel is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "devoted to God". Lemuel and is often added to lists like Literary Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

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.

Lemuel was Number 195 in 1881, but started a downward trajectory from which it never recovered. It finds some love on Nameberry, though, where it's Number 885.

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Famous People Named Lemuel

Lemuel, Biblical king mentioned in Proverbs 31:1 and 4
Lemuel Cornick Shepherd Jr., U.S. Marine Corps general
Lemuel Shaw, American jurist; 19th Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court
Lemuel Haynes, American Congregationalist minister; first black ordained clergyman in the U.S.
Lemuel Francis Abbott, English painter
Lemuel Mathewson, U.S. Army lieutenant general
Lemuel Pratt Grant, American railroad tycoon
Lemuel Everett Wilmarth, American painter

Pop Culture References for the name Lemuel

Lemuel Gulliver, main character in "Gulliver's Travels"
Lemuel, character on TV's "The Man in the High Castle"
Lemuel Bridger, a vampire on TV's "Midnight, Texas"
Lemuel "Lemmy" Barnet, character in British radio serial "Journey into Space"

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