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Origin, Meaning, And History Of Lemuel

Lemuel is a boy’s name of Hebrew origin meaning ‘devoted to God.’ It often features in the Hebrew Bible in the Book of Proverbs and is often seen as a perfect alternative for the name Samuel. Though his identity remains uncertain, Lemuel was a Biblical king mentioned in Proverbs 31:1 and 4. Some theories also propose that Lemuel was the King of Massa, while others associate him with Hezekiah or Solomon.

Book of Mormon is another religious account where the name Lemuel appears. In the book, Laman and Lemuel were two brothers and the eldest sons of Lehi, who lived around 600 BC. Lehi was a prophet in Jerusalem during the reign of king Zedekiah.

In English, Lemuel can be pronounced as ‘LEHM-yoo-əl’ and has variants such as ‘Lem’ and ‘Lemmie.’ Also, Lemyel is the alternative spelling of Lemuel, which is not used very commonly. People with the name Lemuel can have several adorable nicknames such as Lem, Lemmy, Lee, and Ley.

The popularity of the name Lemuel can be attributed to its frequent references in popular culture. One of the most notable examples is Lemuel Gulliver, the protagonist of the classic novel ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ by Jonathan Swift. The story follows the travels of Lemuel, a ship’s surgeon who goes on four voyages, each taking him to a different imaginary land.

Dr. Lemuel Dorcas is another fictional character with the name. The characters appear in American comic books published by ‘Marvel Comics.’ Dr. Dorcasis is a marine biologist, genetic engineer, and inventor responsible for transforming the injured Todd into a superhuman. Lemuel Idzik, a fictional character from the American television series ‘Oz’ is another notable fictional character who bore this regal name.


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Famous People With The Name Lemuel

  • Lemuel HaynesAmerican clergyman, first black man in the United States to be commissioned as a minister
  • Lemuel “Francis” AbbottEnglish portrait painter, famous for his painting of Horatio Nelson
  • Lemuel MathewsonUnited States Army lieutenant general, awarded with Legion of Merit
  • Lemuel ShawAmerican jurist who served as chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  • Lemuel Pratt GrantAmerican engineer and businessman, best known as Atlanta’s quintessential railroad man

Lemuel On The Popularity Chart

Lemuel was a popular name in the US, mainly in the 20th century. Check out the graph below to understand its growth trajectory over the years.

Popularity Over Time

Lamuel saw several peaks in popularity between 1980 and 2015. However, the name achieved its all-time high fame in 2018 when 82 babies per million in the US were named Lamuel.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

The name saw a significant decline in its popularity between 2007 and 2009. Refer to the graph below to know how well the name ranked before and after this period.

Source: Social Security Administration

Names With Similar Sound As Lemuel

Lemuel is a vintage name that reflects sophistication and class. Take a look at some similar-sounding suggestions here.

Names With Similar Meaning As Lemuel

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Name Numerology For Lemuel

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