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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 "Drop Your Least Favorite- Girls' Alphabet!".

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 June Nettleton, American actress
Lois Arlene Smith, American actress
Lois Jane Frankel, U.S. Congresswoman from Florida
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"