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  1. #16
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    I've known two people named Louis who both pronounced it Lewis (1 is a 1/2 Chinese, 1/2 Columbian US citizen from China and one is a European mutt US citizen). When I see the name Louis written, my internal voice sometimes goes to Lewis, sometimes goes to Louie, depending on the context and/or where the person is from. I'd say I'd expect a US Louis to be Lewis and a European Louis to be Louie. I pprefer the pronunciation Lewis to Louie, but don't like the spelling of Lewis much.
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  2. #18
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    I'm American and I pronounce it Loo-ee, but I know most people around here would pronounce it lewis. Unless they are One Direction fans like my daughter, then they may pronounce it fine.
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  3. #20
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    Spelling makes the difference for me. Louis is 'loo-ee' (it's a French first name) and the surname Lewis is 'loo-is'. Louis is my preferred spelling.
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  4. #22
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    Louis = Loo-ee
    Lewis = Loo-iss

    I've only come across Louis pronounced Loo-iss a couple of times and it always throws me off. If I'm reading it I read it Loo-ee, correct myself because I know it's Loo-iss, but dislike pronouncing it that way in my head, as it seems incorrect.
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  5. #24
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    I pronounce Louis as loo-ee and Lewis as loo-iss. Then again, I'm European as well.
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