Name: Louis

Origin and Meaning of the Name Louis

  • Meaning:
    Fame and war
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  • Meaning:
    Fame and war
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  • Pronunciation:
    (LOO ee); (LOO iss)
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    Itself (Louis)
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Miscellaneous Info for Louis

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    English and French speaking countries
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    Louis is a traditional and still very popular French name related to Clovis and Ludovic.
    The Germanic Chlodowig, derived from 'hold' ("glory, fame") and 'wig' ("warrior), was simplified to Clovis. The Latin form of Clovis became Clodovico, which gave Ludovicus. The French forms of Ludovicus are Ludovic and later Louis.

    There were 18 kings of France named Louis, in particular, Louis XIV - 'The Sun King' and Louis XVI who was executed during the French revolution.

    Outside of royalty, famous Louis' include jazz musician Louis Armstrong, French chemist Louis Pasteur who developed the process of pasteurisation of milk and Louis Braille, who created the braille reading system.

    Louis was the 5th most popular name in Belgium in 2006.

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