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

Lois Origin and Meaning

The name Lois is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "most desirable".

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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StormySkyz Says:


I know literally nothing about either Superman or Family Guy, but I know a couple of girls named Lois, and I really like this name (using it for a character in a mystery story I'm writing, actually - the main character is Lois Riverton, a fourteen/fifteen-year-old synesthete). I'd never heard of this name before, really, so it's interesting to know that it's actually quite an 'old' name.

skyladder Says:


I love Lois so much, such a shame that Family Guy ruined it

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.