[ 2 syll. loi(s), lo-is ] The baby girl name Lois is also used as a boy name, though it is far more popular for girls. It is pronounced LOW-ihS in English †. Lois is of Old Greek and Germanic origin. It is used mainly in English. Biblical name: From Old Greek roots, its meaning is 'desirable, superior'. An older form of the name is loion (Old Greek). The name was borne in the Bible by the grandmother of Timothy, who was praised by Paul for her faith. It was consequently adopted by English Puritans in the 17th century. It has in recent times been associated with Louise and Eloise, although there are no etymological connections. Lois Lane is famous in popular culture as the fictional girlfriend of Clark Kent, the alter ego of the comic book hero Superman (1938-).
Lois is an English form of the Dutch, English, French, and German Louise.
Another form of the name is the English shortening Lo.
Lois is uncommon as a baby girl name. At the height of its usage in 1929, 0.888% of baby girls were named Lois. It had a ranking of #17 then. The baby name has markedly dropped in popularity since then, and is of only irregular use now. Within the family of girl names directly related to Lois, Louise was the most popular in 2016. Lois has in the last century been mainly given to baby girls. There were 128 times more baby girls than boys who were named Lois in 1942.
† Pronunciation for Lois: L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; OW as in "oak (OW.K)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)"
A famous person named Lois is Author, Lois Lowry, born 20 March 1937, Honolulu, Hawaii.