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Gender: Male Pronunciation: LOO-iss Meaning of Lewis: "renowned warrior" Origin of Lewis: English variation of Louis Lewis's Popularity in 2017: #541

The name Lewis is a boy's name of English origin meaning "renowned warrior". Lewis is ranked #541 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like British Boy Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Love, Like, Lose BOYS - with middle names".

From the experts:

Lewis is the best spelling to choose if you want this pronounced with the S. Lewis has been in the Top 5 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. Interesting fact: Louis Armstrong pronounced his first name as Lewis.

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

Find other names based on Lewis using our baby name generator.

Famous People Named Lewis

Lewis Alonzo Yancey, American aviator
Lewis Archer Boswell, American aviator
Lewis Carroll, pen name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, English novelist and poet
Lewis Niles Black, American comedian
Lewis "Lew" Wallace, American politician and general; 11th Governor of New Mexico
Lewis Gibson, Scottish ice dancer
Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton, British Formula One racer
Lewis Frederick "Lew" Ayres III, American actor
Lewis Brindley, English comedian and YouTuber of The Yogscast
Lewis Nash, American jazz drummer
Lewis Madison Terman, American psychologist
Lewis Walton Moody, English rugby union player
(Lewis) Jefferson Mays, American actor
Lewis Harry Holtby, German footballer
Lewis Kristian Marnell, Australian pro skateboarder
Lewis Watson, English singer-songwriter
Lewis Nixon, American soldier in WWII's Easy Company; portrayed in miniseries 'Band of Brothers'
Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed, American musician
Lewis James Grabban, English footballer
Lewis Watson, English singer-songwriter
Lewis Addison Armistead, US Confederate general
Lewis Collins, English actor

Pop Culture References for the name Lewis

Lewis Young, character on TV series "Flashpoint"
Lewis McCartney, character on Australian TV series "H2O: Just Add Water"
Lewis Snart, character on TV's "The Flash"
Lewis Clark, minor character on TV's "The Simpsons"
Lewis Farber, Adam's alias on TV's Forever
Lewis, character on French-Canadian parody soap "Le coeur a ses raisons"
"Lewis," British TV series about DI Robert Lewis

Lewes, Lou, Lew, Louis, Lewie, Lewy


TechnoKitten Says:


I prefer this spelling over Louis

Ruanne Says:


There's always Lois, which I think is a lovely name. Simple and sweet with a good meaning, it sounds enough like Lewis to be a good honor name, even if has different roots and meaning.

heatherelainediamond Says:


My coming baby (unknown gender) will have my husband's mother's maiden name as a middle: Lewis. Willis is my daughter's (Eva Willis) middle name in honor of my mother's maiden name. I love the sound of these and would happily move them into the first name category for girls...Lewis sounds so gentle and sweet. Of course, no one has yet to agree with me. But to me, Lewis could be the fresh version of all the "Lucy" names for girls yet it is still stunning for a boy too.

headintheclouds Says:


I vacillate between preferring this spelling Lewis, or Louis. Lewis this way has a friendly down to earth quality to it for me, while Louis seems more regal and the original "right" way to spell the name. Part of me likes Lewis more because of the author C.S. Lewis, and of the potential namesake opportunity with this variant.

Alsace Says:


I really like this name but spelled Louis. There is something about the spelling of Lewis that I don't like. That said, I like the pronunciation loo-is better than loo-ee. I know Louis can be pronounced as loo-is but I don't know how much of an issue this would be. Probably won't use the name for this reason. :(

BethAshley Says:


Love this name so much. If I had a son tomorrow he'd be named Lewis for sure.

lesliemarion Says:


Lewis is beautiful. The Isle of Lewis in the Hebrides is too. And Lew is a manly nickname, should one be desired.