The surname of LEWIS was a baptismal name 'the son of Louis or Llewis', an ancient and still popular font name. This English surname is widely spread in Ireland where it was taken by settlers. The bulk of European surnames in countries such as England and France were formed in the 13th and 14th centuries. The process started earlier and continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the 11th century people did not have surnames, whereas by the 15th century they did. Early records of the name mention Loweis le Briton, 1166, County Essex. John Levesone of County Somerset, was documented during the reign of Edward III. (1327-1377). Llewely ap-Madoc, archdeacon of Brecon in 1437. Lewis Ap-Owen, was the archdeacon of Cardigan in the year 1487. William Lewys and Alice Mason were married at St. George's Chapel, Mayfair, London in 1521. Humphrey Smith and Ursula Lewis were married at the same church in the year 1586. Matthew Gregory Lewis, author of novels and plays of terror, author of the novel 'The Monk'. Harry Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951) the author of 'Babbitt' and the first American to gain the Nobel prize for literature. The name is also spelt Lewison and Levison. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the flowing and draped garment worn over the armour. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Arrory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Confirmed to Arthur Gambell Lewis Esq, of Seatown, County Dublin and Clanamully, County Monaghan.
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