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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.
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 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, Love, Ludde Swedish


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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Entry updated May 31, 2018