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Gender Masculine
Usage German
Pronounced Pron. LOOT-vikh
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Meaning & History

From the Germanic name Chlodovech, which was composed of the elements hlud "famous" and wig "war, battle". This was the name of three Merovingian kings of the Franks (though their names are usually spelled in the Latinized form Clovis) as well as several Carolingian kings and Holy Roman emperors (names often spelled in the French form Louis). Other famous bearers include the German composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) and the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), who contributed to logic and the philosophy of language.
DiminutiveLutz
Feminine FormsLouisa, Louise, Luise
Other Languages & CulturesChlodovech, Clodovicus, Ludovicus, Clovis, Hludowig(Ancient Germanic) Koldobika, Koldo(Basque) Loïc(Breton) Lluís(Catalan) Alojz, Alojzije(Croatian) Alois, Ludvík, Luděk(Czech) Ludvig, Loui(Danish) Lodewijk, Louis, Lowie, Ludo(Dutch) Aloysius, Lewis, Louis, Lew, Lou, Louie(English) Ludoviko, Luĉjo(Esperanto) Loïc, Louis, Ludovic, Clovis, Lou(French) Lois(Galician) 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(Slovene) Luis, Lucho(Spanish) Ludvig, Loui, Love, Ludde(Swedish)

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Clovis (Ludwig), king of the Franks in a painting by Dejuinne (1835)Clovis (Ludwig), king of the Franks in a painting by Dejuinne (1835)

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