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PronouncedPron.LWEE French
LOO-is English
LOO-ee English
loo-EE Dutch

Meaning & History

French form of Ludovicus, the Latinized form of LUDWIG. This was the name of 18 kings of France, starting with Louis I the son of Charlemagne. Others include Louis IX (Saint Louis) who led two crusades and Louis XIV (called the Sun King) who was the ruler of France during the height of its power, the builder of the Palace of Versailles, and the longest reigning monarch in the history of Europe. It was also borne by kings of Germany (as Ludwig), Hungary (as Lajos), and other places.

Apart from royalty, this name was only moderately popular in France during the Middle Ages. After the French Revolution, when Louis XVI was guillotined, it became less common.

The Normans brought the name to England, where it was usually spelled Lewis, though the spelling Louis has been more common in America. Famous bearers include French scientist Louis Pasteur (1822-1895), Métis leader Louis Riel (1844-1885), who led a rebellion against Canada, Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), who wrote 'Treasure Island' and 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde', and American jazz musician Louis Armstrong (1901-1971).
VariantsLoïc, Ludovic French Lewis English Lodewijk Dutch
DiminutivesLou French Lew, Lou, Louie English
Feminine FormsLouise, Lou, Louisette French Louisa, Louise English Louisa, Louise Dutch
Other Languages & CulturesChlodovech, Clodovicus, Ludovicus, Clovis, Hludowig Ancient Germanic Koldobika, Koldo Basque Loïc Breton Lluís Catalan Alojz, Alojzije Croatian Alois, Ludvík, Luděk Czech Ludvig Danish Ludoviko, Luĉjo Esperanto Lois Galician Alois, Ludwig, Lutz German Alajos, Lajos Hungarian Lúðvík Icelandic Alaois Irish Aloisio, Alvise, Lodovico, Ludovico, Luigi, Gino, Luigino, Vico Italian Ludis, Ludvigs Latvian Liudvikas Lithuanian Aloys, Aloysius Medieval Occitan Ludvig Norwegian Loís Occitan Alojzy, Ludwik Polish Aloísio, Luís, Luisinho Portuguese Luiz Portuguese (Brazilian) Alojz Slovak Alojz, Alojzij, Ludvik, Lojze Slovene Luis, Lucho Spanish Ludvig, Love, Ludde Swedish


Louis XIV of FranceLouis XIV of France


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Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute