[ 2 syll. lo-uis, lou-is ] The baby boy name Louis is pronounced as LUW-ihS (English) or Luw-IY (French) †. Louis is used predominantly in the English and French languages, and its origin is Germanic. A two-element name, it is derived from the elements 'hlud' meaning fame, loud ; 'wig' fighter, warrior. Chlodwig (Germanic) and Hludwig (Germanic) are old forms of Louis.
Various forms of the name were used by royal and noble families in France and Germany. The name Clovis was borne by Clovis I (466-511), the first king of the Franks; he ended Roman rule over Gaul and founded the Frankish or French monarchy. The name Louis was later borne by eighteen kings of France, including Louis the Pious (778-840), the son of Charlemagne who was both Holy Roman Emperor and King of France.
The Normans brought the name into medieval England, where it was Anglicized as Lewis. The French form Louis became more popular with English speakers from the 18th century. The form Ludwig was used in the medieval period by German counts of Württemberg and by kings of Bavaria from the 19th century; it was also borne by the famous German composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). In the early 20th century, the form Clovis saw a brief revival from the popular short stories The Chronicles of Clovis (1911) by the British author Saki. In the Highlands, Ludovic is used as an Anglicized version of the Gaelic Maol Dòmhnaich, meaning 'devotee of the Lord'. The forms Louis and Lewis are used as Anglicized form of Gaelic Laoiseach and Lughaidh. The name Louise (Dutch, English, French, and German) is the female version of Louis.
Louis is a widely used name; it has 61 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Aloysius (also Dutch, German, and Scandinavian), Clovis (also French and Latinized), Lashi, Lasho, Lew, Lewes, Lewi, Lewie, Lewy, Lewys (also Welsh), Lodewick, Lon, Louies, Louise, Lucho, Ludo, Ludovic, Ludovick, Luduvico, Ludweg, Lue, Lughaidh, Luie, Luigi (also Italian), Luis (also Portuguese and Spanish), and Luki. The contractions Lou and Louie, and the variant spelling Lewis are other English forms.
Foreign variants of Louis include Aloisio (Spanish), Koldo (Basque), Lajos (Hungarian), Lash (Gypsy), Lluis (Catalan), Lodewijk (Dutch), Lodovico (Italian), Loic (French), Loïc (French), Lothar (German), Louison (French), Love (Scandinavian), Lovis (German), Lude (Czech), Ludek (Czech), Ludewig (German), Ludirk (Finnish), Ludis (Latvian and Russian), Ludko (Czech), Ludovici (Italian), Ludovico (Italian), Ludovicus (Latinized), Ludvig (Scandinavian), Ludvik (Czech and Russian), Ludwig (German), Ludwik (Polish), Lui (Hawaiian), Luiz (Portuguese), Luís (Spanish), and Lutek (Polish).
See also the related categories, fighter (warrior), king, medieval, loud, english, holy, normans, son (heir), noble (honorable), revival, gaul, roman, anglicized, composer, french, germanic (german), and counts.
Louis is a classic favorite. Today it is still popular as a baby name for boys, though to a lesser extent than it was before, and it is also viewed as trendy. At the peak of its usage in 1914, 0.804% of baby boys were given the name Louis. Its ranking then was #20. The baby name has since markedly declined in popularity. In 2018, its usage was 0.071% and its ranking #263, appearing with somewhat increasing regularity in the recent decade. Out of all boy names in its group, Louis was the 2nd most popular after Luis. In 2018, the name was twice as popular as Louis. Louis has predominantly been a baby boy name, though in the past century it has also been used for girls. In 1932, baby boys named Louis outnumbered girls by 94 times.
† Pronunciation for Louis: L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; UW as in "two (T.UW)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"
Details of famous persons named Louis: More about famous people named Louis:
Author Louis L'Amour, born Louis Dearborn LaMoore, 22 March 1908 - 10 June 1988, Jamestown, North Dakota.
Fashion Designer Louis Vuitton, born 4 August 1821 - 27 February 1892, Anchay, Jura, France.
Inventor Louis Braille, born 4 January 1809 - 6 January 1852, Coupvray, France.
Inventor Louis Lumiére, born 5 October 1864 - 1948, Besanéon, France.
Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong, born 4 August 1901 - 6 July 1971, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Mathematician Louis de Branges, born 1932, Paris, France.
Religious Figure Louis Farrkhan, born Louis Eugene Walcott, 11 May 1933, The Bronx, New York.
Royalty King Leopold II, born Louis Philippe Marie Victor, 1835, Brussels, Belgium.
Scientist Louis Pasteur, born 27 December 1822 - 28 September 1895, Dole, Jura, France.
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