Updated June 9, 2019

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Family name origins & meanings

  • German (Löwe) : from Middle High German lēwe, löuwe ‘lion’, hence a nickname for a brave or regal person. In some cases the surname may have been a habitational name, from a house distinguished by the sign of a lion. The surname in the sense ‘lion’ is also found in Dutch, Swedish, and Danish.
  • Jewish (Ashkenazic; Löwe) : ornamental name from German Löwe ‘lion’. Compare Lowe.
  • Jewish (western Ashkenazic) : variant of Levy.