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Gender: Female Meaning of Lois: "most desirable" Origin of Lois: Greek

The name Lois is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "most desirable". Lois and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "List 5 middles".

From the experts:

The eternal fiancee of Superman turned sweet gray-haired lady who's always available to babysit her grandkids. Lois is actually a New Testament name of Greek origin: she was converted by Paul and was the grandmother of Timothy, who became one of Paul's disciples. Other s-ending names are making a comeback, as is Louise, so why not Lois?

Lois was a Top 20 name in the 1920s and stayed in the Top 50 into the 1940's, but dropped off the list completely in 1983.

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Famous People Named Lois

Lois Eleanor Delander, Miss America 1927
Lois Lenski, American novelist
Lois Bancroft Long, American 1920s magazine columnist
Lois Ann Lowry, American novelist
(Florence) Lois Weber, American actress and film director
Lois McMaster Bujold, American novelist
Lois Ragnhild Grimsrud Capps, U.S. Congresswoman from California
Lois Wilson, American silent film actress
Lois Collyer (born Madelyn Earle Jones), American actress
Lois Johnson, American country music singer
Lois Elsa Hole, Canadian politician; 15th Lieut. Governor of Alberta
Lois Duncan, American novelist
Lois June Nettleton, American actress
Lois Ada (Goldberg) Lilienstein, Canadian singer of trio Sharon, Lois & Bram
Lois Ruth Maxwell, Canadian actress
Loïs Mailou Jones, American painter
Lois Moran (born Lois Darlington Dowling), American actress
Lois Cleveland Chiles, American actress
Lois Arlene Smith, American actress
Lois Jane Frankel, U.S. Congresswoman from Florida
Lois Meredith, American actress
Lois Gail Lerner, American attorney; former IRS director
Lois Logan (b. 2012), daughter of athletes Kenny and Gabby Logan; twin of brother Reuben

Pop Culture References for the name Lois

Lois Lane, character in the "Superman" franchise
Lois Patrice Griffin, character on TV's "Family Guy"
Lois Whelan, Debra's mother on TV's "Everybody Loves Raymond"
Lois Harlan, character in "The Gingerbread Man"
Lois Bailey Flagston, main character in comic strip "Hi and Lois"
Lois Habiba, character on TV's "Torchwood: Children of Earth"
Lois Ellington Morgan, Ellen's mother on TV's "Ellen"
Lois, mother on TV's "Malcolm in the Middle"


jmilton92 Says:


Lois is my middle name and I love it, but I HATE hearing "oh like on Family Guy". It's from my great grandmother not some idiotic show that started after I was born.

Ellaspivey Says:


Family Guy ruined this name.

NameLover 11 Says:


This is my maternal grandmother's name. I love it.

Wittyusername103 Says:


I prefer Doris but would love to met a little Lois!

snowsbeloved Says:


I used to be crazy about this name when I was a kid. Not for me, but it's still awfully cute!

Saffron_Rice Says:


Love it as a middle name.

PoppyOrangey Says:


Low iss

PoppyOrangey Says:


I know a women who's name is Lois, but goes by "Osee", but spells it Osie. It has the same hard "O" sound, but it's so much cuter. I wish Osie stood alone as a name, because I really don't like the name Lois.

AnonymousPerson Says:


Forgive my stupidity, but how is this pronounced?

ldougie Says:


Does this sound like it should be a guys name to anyone else? Maybe just because it is one letter away from being Louis.

CocoWhite Says:


Lois will forever be Lois Griffin to me. Pretty name, though.