Lewis is an anglicized version of the French name Louis, and one of the most popular names for baby boys in the United States. It was even a top 100 name during the first half of the 20th century, and it's currently making a comeback. The name pairs well with a variety of middle names and is often associated with royalty, literature and history.

Meaning of the name Lewis:

English: Famous warrior

Origin of the name Lewis:

Lewis is derived from the French name Louis, which is derived from the German name Ludwig. The elements that make up the name Ludwig mean “fame” and “war.”

Symbolism of the name Lewis:

The name Lewis means “famous warrior,” so it may symbolize someone who is tough and brave. Because of the author Lewis Carroll, it's often considered a literary name as well. Lewis and the French version, Louis, have also been associated with nobility and royalty.

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Gender of the name Lewis:

Lewis is a boy's name.

Pronunciation of the name Lewis:


Number of syllables in the name Lewis:


Emotion evoked from the name Lewis:

The name Lewis evokes images of someone who is adventurous and fun-loving.

Alternative spellings for the name Lewis:

  • Louis
  • Luis

Nicknames for the name Lewis:

  • Lew
  • Lewie

Popularity of the name Lewis:

Lewis has been one of the top 1,000 baby names for boys in the United States since at least 1900. As of 2020, it ranks at

Related names for the name Lewis:

  • Louis
  • Luigi
  • Hugh 
  • Lawrence
  • Harris

Great middle names for Lewis and their meanings:

  • Drake (dragon, male duck)
  • Hudson (son of Hud or Hugh)
  • Cade (round or barrel)
  • James (supplanter)
  • Finn (white or fair-haired)
  • River (river)
  • Oliver (olive tree)
  • Soloman (peace)
  • Benjamin (son of the right hand)

Famous people with the name Lewis:

  • Lewis Black (comedian)
  • Lewis Carroll (author)
  • Lewis Nash (musician)
  • Lewis Burton (tennis player)
  • Lewis Swift (astronomer)
  • Lewis Nicola (military officer)

Lewises in popular culture:

  • Lewis (character on the TV show “The Simpsons”)
  • Lewis Bodine (character in the movie “Titanic”)
  • Lewis Skolnik (character from the “Revenge of the Nerds” movies)
  • Lewis Zimmerman (character from the “Star Trek” franchise)
  • Lewis Kiniski (character from the TV show “The Drew Carey Show”)