When Nancy Mourning Lewis was born on 27 February 1794, in Basking Ridge, Bernards Township, Somerset, New Jersey, United States, her father, James Zacharias Lewis, was 37 and her mother, Winnifred Mustain, was 38. She married James McCown Jr. on 28 November 1812, in Pittsylvania, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 8 daughters. She lived in Indiana, United States in 1870 and Monroe Township, Washington, Indiana, United States in 1880. She died on 21 August 1885, in Monroe, Indiana, United States, at the age of 91, and was buried in Chambersville Cemetery, Washington Township, Owen, Indiana, United States.
English: from the Middle English, Old French personal name Lewis, Leweis, Lowis, from ancient Germanic (originally West Frankish) Hludwig (itself from hlōd- ‘fame, famous’ + wīg- ‘battle’). This was Latinized as Ludovicus and Chlodovisus, which were gallicized as Clovis or Clouis, French Louis. The name may also appear as Lawis, Laweys, Lawes, by unrounding of the vowel of Lowis on the analogy of the variation between Low and Law as pet forms of Middle English Lourence alias Laurence. This surname is also very common among African Americans. See Laws 2 and compare Lawrence .
Welsh: adopted for the Welsh personal name Llywelyn (see Llewellyn ).
Irish: shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Lughaidh ‘son of Lughaidh’. This is one of the most common Old Irish personal names. It is derived from Lugh ‘brightness’, which was the name of a Celtic god.
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