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Meaning & History
This name is a unisex name in Dutch and Flemish. For male bearers, it is a short form of ALOYSIUS and LOUIS, whereas for female bearers, it is a short form of ALOYSIA, LOUISA and LOUISE. The name is far more commonly seen on women than on men in the Netherlands, whereas it is the exact opposite in Flanders. As for Limburgish: the name is strictly feminine in this language. It is a short form of both LOUISA and LOUISE there.As you can now see, the etymological origin is ultimately the same for the name in each of the three languages, as all the aforementioned given names ultimately go back to the masculine Germanic name Chlodovech (see LUDWIG).