Updated June 9, 2019

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Family name origins & meanings

  • German : of uncertain origin; possibly a topographic name from Middle High German (genitive lēwes) ‘hill’, or a northern nickname for a brave or healthy man, from Middle Low German lēbar(e) ‘leopard’. Compare Lebert.
  • Dutch : habitational name from places called Le or Lew, meaning ‘hill’, from the same word as 1.
  • Slovenian : unexplained.