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Gender: Male Pronunciation: LOO-ee; LOO-is Meaning of Louis: "renowned warrior" Origin of Louis: German and French Louis's Popularity in 2018: #263

The name Louis is a boy's name of German, French origin meaning "renowned warrior". Louis is ranked #263 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Old Man Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

Kate and William shocked the world when they announced that they'd named their third child Louis -- Prince Louis Arthur Charles, to be more precise. But we've been predicting a comeback for this classic name for a long time.

Both Louis and Lewis are already quite popular again in Britain. And several other high-profile parents —like actors Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman— beat the Duke and Duchess to the punch by naming their sons Louis years ago.

The one complicating factor, at least in the U.S., is the association with comedian Louis C.K., who was widely condemned for sexual improprieties.

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Popularity

Louis is #22 on Nameberry

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Pop Culture References for the name Louis

Lewis, Louie, Lashi, Ludis, Lucho, Louies, Lou, Lasho, Aloysius, Lewes, Luki, Ludvik, Lew, Ludovicus

Louis's International Variations

Lughaidh (Irish) Lutek, Ludwik (Polish) Ludis (Russian) Lui (Hawaiian) Lash (Romani) Ludovic (Scottish) Luigi, Lodovico (Italian) Lude, Ludko, Ludvik, Ludek (Czech) Ludvig, Lothar (Scandinavian) Clovis (French)

Comments

rubylark Says:

2019-01-02T17:29:04

I really like this name! I can't decide which pronunciation I like the best though. Both are really cute for a little boy!

onomastodon Says:

2018-04-27T12:07:18

And now, the name of the new baby Cambridge.
Welcome, Louis Arthur Charles, His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge!

emilybelle Says:

2018-04-27T10:07:21

PRINCE LOUIS!!

Eliane Says:

2018-01-14T20:43:30

I personally prefer the LOO-is pronunciation as its the German one and I grew up with this pronunciation but I find the Lewis spelling very ugly!

sophiejade Says:

2017-02-07T03:54:26

I adore this name, and the French pronunciation. Until reading these comments I had no idea it could be pronounced "LOO-is", I've only ever heard it pronounced "LOO-ee" here in Australia.

hermioneameliastyles Says:

2016-09-14T02:18:34

I think that this name is more than ever being pronounced Lou-ee because of Louis Tomlinson from One Direction. I definitely never liked the Lewis pronunciation like Louis Stevens from Even Stevens.

EW314 Says:

2016-02-05T06:04:02

Love "LOU-ee", but really don't like the "LOO-iss" pronunciation. It would bug me if I had a Louis "LOO-ee" and people kept mispronouncing it that way.

Louis Says:

2015-06-03T09:18:32

My name is Louis and throughout the years in secondary school, my teachers always kept calling me: Louie. I believe that's how the French pronounce it.
I personally don't like the other version 'Lewis' I feel like 'Louis' is a lot different and stronger but that's just me :)
I always get called Louie because I think people just believe it to be a cute nick name :)

hmg1204 Says:

2015-05-21T00:19:21

I love this name but I feel everyone will pronounce it like Lewis:(

Jennifer Says:

2015-03-08T16:19:43

My one year old is Louis. We get lots of compliments on his name. We use loo-iss, as we are in the US, and we preferred that as his full name. However, we call him Louie as a nn so when people use that pronunciation (we get more loo-iss than loo-ee though), we have no need to correct them. Like Louis CK, for example. We thought that it covered all bases. We also call him Lou. We are really happy with his name! It's old fashioned and rather uncommon but still totally recognizable. It's rich with history. All qualities we wanted in a name for our son.

headintheclouds Says:

2015-02-02T02:36:46

This is such a great classic boy name! One of my favorite ones. It's regal and rich with history, while also having a hip-vintage feel to me. I always can't decide whether I prefer Louis or Lewis, but both spellings are wonderful.

gmdx Says:

2015-01-12T05:04:05

Potential mispronunciation is the only reason I wouldn't use this name. If I'm not mistaken, Brits pronounce the 's' in Lewis, but not Louis, which is what I, an American, agree with. However, I'm afraid my country won't follow suit.

Eleanor Says:

2014-10-14T00:21:34

Louis Tomlinson. Love it!

jasminegarden Says:

2014-10-01T13:00:32

Louis Tomlinson was my influence for this name, therefore I pronounce it Loo-ee, and never Loo-iss, it really irritates me when people pronounce it like that. Everyone I know personally pronounces it Loo-iss but that doesn't sway my opinion. I know both pronunciations are technically correct but Loo-ee is the traditional French pronunciation and should always be said like that, in my opinion. Lovely name by the way!

'Lou-ees' mum Says:

2014-09-04T22:39:48

Our son Louis is pronounced Lou-ee. People here call him Lou-iss and we're constantly correcting them. Didn't realise the name could also be Lou-iss when we named him!

Jupe Says:

2014-08-04T23:56:16

Everyone I know (including 4 Louis') pronounce it Loo-ee, Loo-iss is spelt Lewis. I also know a Louie, pronounced Loo-ee.

Myosotis Says:

2014-08-04T22:35:13

I've always said Loo-ee, and assumed Loo-iss was spelt Lewis. I didn't realise Louis was being said Loo-iss

SparkleNinja18 Says:

2014-08-04T21:13:52

Well with the popularity of One Direction and its member Louis Tomlinson (who says it Loo-ee), the French pronunciation might become more popular in the U.S.

vintageluvs Says:

2014-08-04T20:55:36

Most English-speaking people would pronounce this Loo-is. Even though the French pronounce it Loo-ee, you would have to correct people most of the time. Lewis is an intriguing spelling, but Louis works just as well.

Hydra Says:

2014-08-03T10:13:27

LOO-ee is the French pronunciation. Loo-iss is how Americans usually say it. So I guess LOO-ee is the correct pronunciation, but the long use of Loo-iss has technically made them both correct.

Nooshi Says:

2014-08-03T10:11:25

I might be wrong but I believe LOO-ee is the traditional French pronunciation, and LOO-iss is the German pronunciation. The LOO-ee pronunciation is much more popular and instinctive to most people though, so the Lewis spelling is probably better if you want it pronounced that way.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:

2014-08-03T09:52:33

A lot of people say this is pronoucned LOO-ee, but the Louis I know pronounces it Loo-iss. I prefer that pronunciation, but which one is it really?