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Recorded in several modern forms including LLewellyn, LLewellin, LLeweln, and LLewhellin, this is an ancient surname of Olde English and Welsh pre 7 century origins. It derives from the Celtic elements "llyw" meaning "leader" and "eilun", meaning "the likeness to". There are researchers who claim that the first element does not mean leader but lion, however as the lion is also regarded as the king of the beasts, it would suggest that such arguments are rather pointless. To add to the confusion the town of Carlisle in the north of England was originally called "Caer Luel", and it may be that "Luel", a Celtic gods name...

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