(m) Top Male Name in Scotland 2003. Gaelic Luthais. Originally
this was a form of French Louis, German Ludwig, but it is now
regarded as a separate name with a different pronunciation. The
name is composed of elements meaning ‘loud’ (= ‘famous’)
and ‘battle, war.’ In Scotland, however, Lewis is
associated with the placename. A correspondent, Mrs Joan Stewart,
reports on its use in the Western Isles, but
American parents have used the name most in recent times. The
name reached its minor peak of popularity in Scotland in the 1930’s.
The feminine form Lewise was used in Scotland in 1958.
To Scottish Christian Names