Also Flemish and French (Belgian):
This name has royal vibes. I LOVE it!
According to multiple sources, Louis is a popular masculine given name in France. According to the Popularity Chart for Louis for France, Louis is currently the 5th most popular given name for baby boys in France (2019 Data). About 100% of bearers of this name are Male in France (2014 Data).Sources:
With 171 095 bearers, Louis is the 3rd most common masculine given name in Haiti (2014 Data). With 23 553 bearers, Louis is the 4th most common masculine given name in Mauritius (2014 Data). With 844 bearers, Louis is the 6th most common masculine given name in Saint Martin (2014 Data). Source:
Was given the middle name 'Louis' after my grandfather, so I am a bit biased in saying that it's a nice name. (Regardless of pronunciation, since that seems to be a point of contention here.)
In French, the "S" is usually silent, so I don't see what the argument is. It is the same thing with the German W sounding like V. Names are pronounced differently in different languages. It's not rocket science people. LOO-is or LOO-ee, who cares?
It is also correctly pronounced "LOO-is" as in St. Louis, Missouri. I'm not sure why people here are acting like the LOO-is pronunciation is incorrect. I have multiple family members with this name in the U.S. and they pronounce it LOO-is.
It's fine, and the best variant out of all the Lewis's and Luis's.
I hate it! I much prefer Luis!
Why did my first thoughts only go to King Louis XIV, Louis Tomlinson, and Louis Armstrong?
To say Loo-is in an incorrect pronunciation is failing to recognize other world cultures and historical context. The name has been pronounced different ways all throughout history in different languages. If Loo-is is "incorrect" because it's not the original pronunciation, then LOO-ee is also incorrect, because it "should" be the French loo-EE, kind of like the English pronunciation of Marie (Ma-REE) as opposed to Mary (MAR-ee). All pronunciations of Louis are correct depending on what part of the world you live in, what language you speak, and how your name was intended for you.
If you live in the UK I'd recommend only using this spelling for the pronunciation LOO-ee. Any I've known in England have used that pronunciation, and used Lewis for LOO-is, so it'd avoid a lot of confusion.
Nice, regal name for a boy. It's not that common where I live.
Pronounced Loo-ee, not Loo-is. If you want a name pronounced Lewis, just spell it that way. Never understood why people choose the spelling Louis just to pronounce it incorrectly, especially in a time when the internet (and therefore the correct pronunciation) is easy to find.
Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma (born Prince Louis of Battenberg; 25 June 1900 – 27 August 1979) Lord Louis was the grandson of Queen Victoria and uncle to prince Philip of Greece (later known as the Duke of Edinburgh after he married the then future Queen Elizabeth II). Lord Louis Mountbatten was the last viceroy of India and commanded the British fleet during World War II. He died during a terrorist attack off the coast of Ireland that was perpetrated by the IRA in 1979. He is also the namesake for prince Louis of Cambridge who is the second son and third child to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Louis is one of the main characters of the manga/anime Beastars. He is an anthropomorphic red deer.
Common but nice.
I simply don't understand how could someone not like the name Louis, and its other variant, Ludwig. This was the name of so many kings, so many military leaders, generals, noblemen and other honourable people. Its other variant, Ludwig, also has the same. The meaning also is beautiful. It is etymologically and in terms of meaning also connected to many other names with a great history and which were borne by many important historical figures, kings, military leaders, etc. I love that it means "famous", similarly to Robert, which is also a name with a great historical background and heritage, and also borne by many important and honourable people throughout history. Louis/Ludwig is a truly great name with an absolutely great history, great meaning, and connection to many other historically rich names. All of this makes it one of the best names out there, because history of the name really matters.
This name is okay in my book. I like how it sounds and I generally appreciate with full acknowledgement on the historical background of this somewhat illustrious name. In closing, I believe this name could match any person of
any age and that is a big plus from my point of view.
Too boring and old fashioned. This name also has a weird wimpy-yet-pompous sound to it.
In 2018, 63 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Louis who is registered male with the Social Security Administration. It is the 235th most common male first name for living U.S. citizens.
Prince Louis Arthur Charles is the newborn son of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. He is currently fifth in line to the throne after his two siblings, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
The correct pronunciation is whichever the bearer prefers. I'm sick and tired of people who think the pronunciation of a name is engraved in stone.
For a long time, I pronounced this name as LEW-is no LOUI. I'm sorry.
Prince Louis of Luxembourg is the third son of the Grand Duke Henri and the Cuban-born Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg.
Louis XVII, from birth to 1789 known as Louis-Charles, Duke of Normandy; then from 1789 to 1791 as Louis-Charles, Dauphin of France; and from 1791 to 1792 as Louis-Charles, Prince Royal of France, was the younger son of King Louis XVI of France and Queen Marie Antoinette. As the son of the king, he was a Fils de France. His older brother, Louis Joseph, died in June 1789, a little over a month before the start of the French Revolution.
Louis Joseph de France was the second child and elder son of King Louis XVI of France and Marie Antoinette. As son of a king of France, he was a fils de France, and as the eldest son and heir apparent, he was Dauphin of France.
Louis William "Bill" Conradt, Jr. was an assistant district attorney from Texas. He was inextricably linked to Dateline NBC's To Catch a Predator, a TV series which conducted sting operations against suspected sexual predators that target children online. Local law enforcement conducted a sting operation that identified Conradt as a suspect and Dateline cameras recorded the events that followed. Conradt fatally shot himself upon encountering SWAT team members that were serving an arrest warrant at his home.
Louis Farrakhan, born Louis Eugene Wolcott, is the leader of the Nation of Islam.
One of my middle names is Louis. My parents chose it because I was born on the feast day of Saint Louis. I think it's pretty nice, but it's a bit too common in France. Oh well, at least it's a classic.
Louis Ozawa Changchien is an American actor, best known for his role in the 2010 film Predators and 2012 The Bourne Legacy.
Louis William Tomlinson is an English singer-songwriter and actor. He is known as a member of the pop boy band One Direction. Tomlinson began his career as an actor, initially appearing in ITV drama Fat Friends as an extra. He also went on to appear in another ITV drama film If I Had You and the BBC drama Waterloo Road. In 2010, he became a founding member of One Direction after auditioning as a solo artist on The X Factor. Following the band's hiatus, Tomlinson released the single "Just Hold On" with Steve Aoki in December 2016.
Louis is a friendly mouse voiced by Nick Cannon. He often helps Garfield and is rewarded with macadamia nut cookies. He may be meant to be a film portrayal of Squeak the mouse.
I much prefer the French pronunciation of Louis and I'm Canadian. I like this name but I think people will pronounce it wrong sometimes. I know a Louis that pronounces it [Lou-is].
Louis-Alexandre Taschereau (1867-1952) was a Canadian politician and 14th Premier of Quebec.
Louis Carré was a Belgian football player and coach. As a player, Carré played at both professional and international levels as a midfielder, before becoming a football coach.
My son is named Louis. In Australia, most people read it as "Lew-IS" since there is virtually no French heritage or knowledge of how to pronounce it the popular European way of "Loo-EE". So we have taken to the notion of letting the formal pronunciation be "Lew-IS", and his nickname be pronounced "Loo-EE". This way, everyone is right. Problem solved.
I have a lot of family named Louis. If I call them Lewis it's a joke. Louis is Loo-ee or else it would be Lewis.
Louis Zamperini, was an Olympic distance runner, who set a record for his speed in the 1936 Olympics. He also became a prisoner-of-war during WWII, while serving as an Army Air Corpsman. His story was later adapted into the Laura Hillenbrand book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, which was later adapted into a film directed by Angelina Jolie, where he was portrayed by Jack O'Connell.
I like this name a lot, it's like a breathe of fresh air compared to other, popular names. I like it pronounced both ways, though if I named my kid this, I'd pronounce it with the "s" sound, and use Lou-ee as a nickname. I'm not as fond of the spelling Lewis.
I'm surprised no one's mentioned Louis Tomlinson from One Direction! He pronounces it "Lou-ee".
This name has always been pronounced as Lou-is where I'm from
Lou-E would be spelled as Louie .So I'm rather annoyed when people get on their high horse, claiming that Lou-E is how you say it or is the "proper" spelling. Learn that some names have multiple pronunciations. In the states, Lewis & Louis are said the same exact way.
I hate this name. It doesn't sound very appealing. Louis sounds as dark as a devil.
Louis Sachar is an American writer of children's books.
Louis is a very traditional French name that was quite popular in the first half of the 20th century, had a small decline from the '60's to the '80's, and has received quite a comeback in recent years. It's one of my favorite names, pronounced either the French way or the English way :)
Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, son of Prince William and Dutchess Catherine/Kate is a famous bearer of this name.
I love this name! I think it should definitely be pronounced LOO-ee. It sounds so fancy and sophisticated and romantic, although I am probably prejudiced by Anne Rice and Interview with the Vampire. :D.
Louis Leonowens is a supporting character in the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical The King and I. He is British, so his name is typically pronounced LOO-is.
If the name Louis is related to the name Lewis, it is also related to Lugas (French), Lugh (Irish) and Llew (Welsh). There is no greater hero warrior in pre-Roman times than Lugh.
Lugh means 'The Shining One'. He is the new sun of the year born at the equinox in mid winter. He grows in strength until he can destroy Balor 'The Shadowy One' or the winter sun.
He later marries the Earth each year and becomes King of Tara, "Lugh of the Long Arm' the King of the Fairies ie., the summer sun.
Analogous to Apollo/Zeus, Odin/Woden...
I love this name, despite its commonness! In the USA how should I pronounce it? If you want to pronounce it LOO-ee, then you can spell it Louie, which is a little easier in the US.
Louis Antoine Léon de Saint-Just, better known simply as Saint-Just, was one of the leading figures of the French Revolution. He died at the age of twenty-six, guillotined during the Thermidorian Reaction. Incidentally, the king he helped overthrow was King Louis XVI, also known as Citizen Louis Capet.
Louis (1265-1276) was another son of King Philippe III of France and his first wife Isabella.
Philippe (1276-1319) was the son of King Philippe III of France and his second wife Maria.
Louis (1289-1316) was the son of King Philippe IV of France and his wife Johanna. He later became King Louis X.
Louis (1316-1317) was the son of King Philippe V of France and his wife Joan of Burgundy.
Louis (1324-1324) was the only son of King Charles IV of France and his second wife Maria.
Louis (1328-1328) was the son of King Philippe VI of France and his first wife Jeanne.
Louis (1330-1330) was also another son of King Philippe VI of France and his first wife Jeanne.
Louis (1339-1384) was the son of King Jean II of France and his first wife Bonne. He was the Duke of Anjou.
Louis (1372-1407) was the son of King Charles V of France and his wife Jeanne.
Louis (1397-1415) was the son of King Charles VI and his wife Isabeau of Bavaria.
Louis (1423-1483) was the oldest son of King Charles VII of France and his wife Maria of Anjou. He later became King Louis XI of France.
Louis (1458-1460) was the oldest son of King Louis XI of France and his wife Charlotte.
Louis (1775-1844) was the oldest son of King Charles X of France and his wife Maria Teresa. He later married Marie Therese, the only surviving daughter of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
Louis (1601-1643) was the oldest son of King Henri IV of France and his wife Maria de Medici. He later became King Louis XIII of France.
Louis (1549-1550) was the son of King Henry II of France and his wife Catherine de Medici.
Louis (1466-1466) was the son of King Louis XI of France and his wife Charlotte.
Louis (1187-1226) was the oldest son of King Philippe II of France and his first wife Isabelle. He later became King Louis VIII of France.
Louis (1214-1270) was the son of King Louis VIII of France and his wife Blanca of Castile. He later became King Louis IX of France.
Louis (1243-1260) was the oldest son of King Louis IX of France and his wife Margaret.
Louis (1081-1137) was the oldest son of King Philippe I of France and his wife Bertha. He later became King Louis VI of France.
Louis (1120-1180) was the son of of King Louis VI of France and his wife Adelaide. He later became King Louis VII of France.
Louis was also the name of another son of King Louis XVI of France and his wife Marie Antoinette. He died age 7.
Louis (1672-1672) was also the name of another son of King Louis XIV of France and his wife Maria Teresa of Spain.
Louis (1661-1711) was the oldest son of King Louis XIV of France and his wife Maria Teresa of Spain.
Louis (1638-1715) was the oldest son of King Louis XIII of France and his wife Anna. He later became King Louis XIV of France.
Louis of Orleans (1814-1896) was the second son of King Louis Philippe I of France and his wife Maria Amalia of Neaples and Sicily. He was later married to Viktoria of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, a cousin of Queen Victoria.
Louis Armstrong (born 1901 in New Orleans, Louisiana) was an iconic American jazz trumpeter and singer.
Louis "Lou" Boudreau (born 1917 in Harvey, Illinois) was an American MLB baseball player.
Louis Gossett, Jr.(born 1936 in New York City, New York) is an American actor.
Louis L'Amour (born 1908 in Jamestown, North Dakota) was an American author.
Louis Auchincloss (born 1917 in Lawrence, New York) was an American lawyer, novelist, and historian.
Louis "Lou" Dobbs (born 1945 in Childress, Texas) is an American journalist and news reporter.
Louis Tomlinson is a member of the British-Irish boyband One Direction :)
Louis Chéron (Paris, 2 September 1660 - London, 26 May 1725) was a French painter, illustrator and art tutor.
Louis Boullogne the younger was a decorative painter. He had a brother called Bon and two sisters: Geneviève and Madeleine.
Louis-Léopold Boilly (1761-1845) was a French painter and printmaker.
Louis-Simon Boizot (1743-1809) was a French sculptor.
Louis Anquetin (1861-1932) was a French painter, designer and writer.
In the 2007 hit "August Rush," there is an Irish character by the name of Louis Connelly, portrayed spectacularly by actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
Louis Duck, called Louie for short. Son of Della Duck, nephew of Donald Duck, grandson of Quackmore Duck and Hortense McDuck, grandnephew of Scrooge McDuck. The green triplet.
Such a wonderful meaning.
Louis Creed is the father in Stephen King's "Pet Semetary".
Louisville, Kentucky was named after a King Louis of France. Most people pronounce the city’s name wrong. It’s pronounced like “Louie” not “Lewis”.It’s truly annoying. But I prefer it more as Lou, and for girls more than boys.
Louis is the name of a mute trumpeter swam who learns to play a trumpet to overcome his disability in a children's book by E.B. White entitled "The Trumpet of the Swan."
Aw! I love this name. :) Louis! So cute! (Pronounced LOO-EE, or LWEE, of course :) But I mostly like it because of the Anne Rice books. :D
I think this is a pretty nice name. The pronunciation LOO-ee seems more goofy and laid back to me, while Louis both funny and casual. I also find Louis to be a very sophisticated and formal name. I suppose the funny and casual bit I got from Even Stevens. It's a cool name.
I think this name is really beautiful. I would probably not use it though due to its similarity to Louise and Loser, which is such a shame as I love this name but kids today can be rather cruel and I would hate that to happen to my child as I was bullied about my name when I was at school. I think it would be a bit silly of me to give a child a name which I had doubts about and may possibly bring them the same unhappiness as myself, however my name is way more extreme!
Louis Vuitton is also one of the oldest fashion houses in the world. The name is probably the most famous names ever in the fashion industry.
Corporal Louis LeBeau from Hogan's Heroes was the French member of Col. Hogan's sabotage team. He was played by Holocaust survivor Robert Clary. LeBeau was known best for his height and his cooking.
Louis Braille invented, well, Braille. He got the idea from Captain Charles Barbier's method of sending messages.
Footballer Gianluigi Buffon and model Alena Šeredová have a son Louis, born 28th of December 2007.
A famous bearer was architect Louis Sullivan (September 4, 1856 – April 14, 1924) who, in the late 19th century, helped design the world’s first skyscrapers. Among buildings of his that still exist include the Auditorium Building and the Krause Music Store in Chicago, Illinois and the Van Allen Building in Clinton, Iowa.
The English pronunciation is NOT LOO-is. This is a mistake, albeit a common one in America. "Lewis" is the English form, with the audible S.
The youngest child and only son of Fleur and Bill Weasley in Harry Potter.
There's an old jazz song called St Louis Blues. Brilliant song.
I hate this name. It doesn't sound very appealing. "Louis" ugh. I hate it.
Louis in French is actually pronounced 'lwee', in one syllable, not two.
Louis Stevens was a character on the classic Disney Channel original series, "Even Stevens." He was played by Shia Lebouf.
Louis XVI was the 2nd to last Bourbon King of France before the first French Revolution. His son Louis XVII ruled for a very brief period of time after Louis XVI was forced to abdicate, but he was never coronated. Both were executed by Revolutionaries.
I like this name quite a bit, but far prefer the pronunciation loo-EE to LEW-is. LEW-is just sounds odd and incorrect to me.
Louis Riel was not a Canadian rebel. He was of Metis descent (First Nations and European). He provided leadership for Metis' during the Red River Rebellion. At that point in time, the Red River Valley was considered to be a part of Rupert's Land, not Canada, and only later in his life did he become a naturalized citizen of the USA, not Canada. He was hung for treason by the Canadian government.
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Louis should always be pronounced Lou-ee. Pronouncing Louis as Lew-is is wrong. And annoying!
Louis Frederick John, Viscount Althorp, is the son of Charles, 9th Earl Spencer and Catherine (Victoria) Aitken (née Lockwood). He stands to become the 10th Earl Spencer and is nephew to the late Diana, Princess of Wales.
Louis Grammatico (Lou Gramm) is the former lead singer for the rock group Foreigner, now lead singer for Lou Gramm Band.
This name is borne by the vampire Louis de Point du Lac, who was made by Lestat, from Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles.
Famous jazz trumpeteer and vocalist, Louis Daniel Armstrong.
The Dutch version of Louis is also Lowie (low-e) or Lou (lu). Also used in Leipe Loetje (crazy Louis) as a nickname for somebody out of his mind.
Ludwina is the German female version.
It is prophesized that when Jesus returns he will be called Louis in reference to the book of revelations saying he would be a WARRIOR, judge, and king of kings.
Louis may also be a derivative of the Germanic name Clovis.

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