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What does Louis mean?

Louis Pronunciation of Louis as a boys' name is pronounced LOO-iss, loo-WEE. It is of French and Old German origin, and the meaning of Louis is "famous warrior". A name used by 18 French kings and numerous saints. The German form is Ludwig; a Latin version is Clovis, which was borne by a German tribal leader who ended the Roman domination of what is now France and made himself king. Musician Louis Armstrong; scientist Louis Pasteur; authors Louis L'Amour; Robert Louis Stevenson; actor Lou Gossett, Jr.


ASSOCIATED WITH famous, warrior, saints, leader, roman


VARIANTS Aloysius, Lew, Lewes, Lewis, Lodewick, Lodovico, Lou, Louie, Lucho, Ludovic, Ludovicus, Ludvig, Ludvik, Ludwig, Luigi, Luis

SEE ALSO Elois, Loring


FEMININE FORMS Eloise, Louise, Luisa

(male) Lonis, ..

(female) Louce, ..

Louis Emmit (L.E.), ..

How popular is Louis?

Louis is a very popular first name for males (#75 out of 1220, Top 6%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#1771 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Louis entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its top rank of #19 in the U.S. then, and is currently at #263. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Louis name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Louis outside U.S.

Which version is better?

Popular varying forms of Louis (#263 VIA LATEST LIST) are Luis (#126), Lewis (#546), Louie (#908), Aloysius, Clovis, Lew, Loring, Lou, Ludvig, Ludwig and Luigi. Adoption of these forms of Louis was widespread among parents in the 1880s (AVERAGE #832) and has become much diminished since (#1486, 76.7%), with versions like Lewis becoming somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Louis, Aloysius, Clovis, Lew, Lewis in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Loring, Lou, Louie, Ludwig, Luigi, Luis in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Louis, Lewis, Louie, Ludvig, Ludwig outside U.S.

Similar Names

Louis is alike in pronunciation to Les, Luce and Luiz. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Boris, Colis, Joris, Leonis, Lexis, Loki, Lorin, Loucas, Loukas and Moris. These names tend to be less frequently used than Louis.

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