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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 2017: #277

The name Louis is a boy's name of German, French origin meaning "renowned warrior". Louis is ranked #277 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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Famous People Named Louis

Louis I-XV, Kings of France
Louis XVI (Louis-Auguste), King of France
Louis XVII (Louis-Charles), Dauphin (or King) of France
Louis XVIII (Louis Stanislas Xavier), King of France
Louis XIX (Louis Antoine), King of France [for 20 minutes]
(Charles-)Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte aka Napoleon III, Emperor of France
Louis Phillippe, King of France
Louis I and II, Kings of Hungary
Louis I-III, Kings of Naples
Louis I-IV, Holy Roman Emperors
Louis I-III, Kings of Bavaria
Louis I and II, Kings of Etruria
Louis I and II Bonaparte, Kings of Holland
Louis I and II, Princes of Monaco
Louis I (Louis Felipe), King of Spain
Louis Ferdinand, Dauphin of France, son of Louis XV; father of Louis XVI
Louis Alexander, Prince of Battenberg, 1st Marquess of Milford Haven, grandfather of Britain's Prince Philip
Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas "Dickie" Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, uncle of Prince Philip
Louis Alphonse Gonzalve Victor Emmanuel Marc de Bourbon, Duke of Anjou, claimant to the French throne
Louis Armstrong, American jazz trumpeter and singer
Louis David Riel, Canadian politician
Louis Sebastian Theroux, English broadcaster
Louis Silvie "Louie" Zamperini, American Olympic distance runner and WWII POW camp survivor
Louis Stanton Auchincloss, American novelist and lawyer
Louis Thauron, French ice dancer
Louis William Tomlinson, English singer of group One Direction
Louis Nicholas Vasquez, American football player
Louis Morris Murphy, American football player
Louis C.K. (born Louis Szekely), American comedian
Louis Burt Mayer, American film producer
Louis Isadore Kahn (born Itze-Leib Schmuilowsky), American architect
(Michael) Louis Vincent Walsh, Irish entertainment manager
Louis Henry Sullivan, American architect
Louis Francis Cristillo, birth name of American actor and comedian Lou Costello
Louis Carl "Lou" Dobbs, American TV personality
Louis Jude "Lou" Ferrigno, American actor
Louis Cameron Gossett Jr., American actor
Louis Dearborn L'Amour, American novelist
Louis Prima, American musician
Louis Thomas Jordan, American musician
Louis Allen "Lou" Rawls, American singer
Louis Sachar, American novelist
(Jules Eugène) Louis Jouvet, French actor and director
Louis Vuitton, French fashion designer
Louis Dembitz Brandeis, U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Louis Pasteur, French chemist
Louis Richard "Lou" Rukeyser, American financial journalist and TV commentator
Louis Charles Joseph Blériot French aviator and inventor
Louis Braille, French inventor
Louis Renault, French jurist
Louis Charles Philippe Raphaël, Prince of Orléans, Duke of Nemours; son of Louis-Philippe I of France
Louis Ferdinand (Friedrich Ludwig Christian), Prince of Prussia, soldier and composer
Louis Maria, Prince of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Count of Trani; son of Ferdinand II
Louis Ferdinand Oskar Christian, Prince of Prussia
Louis Charles (Friedrich Ludwig Karl), Prince of Prussia; son of Frederick William II
Louis (Aloys Franz de Paula Maria), Prince of Liechtenstein
Louis (Luigi Carlo Maria Giuseppe), Prince of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Count of Aquila
Louis-Victor-Pierre-Raymond, French physicist
Louis Eugène Félix Néel, French physicist
Louis Ignarro, American pharmacologist
Louis Jolliet, French explorer
Louis H. O. Ch. Michel, Belgian politician
Louis Van Lint, Belgian painter
Louis "Lou" Boudreau, American baseball player
Louis Clark "Lou" Brock, American baseball player
Louis Eugene Bullard, American NFL football player
Louis-Joseph Chevrolet, French-American racing driver and automaker
Louis Alfred "Pinky" Clarke, American Olympic runner
Aloysius Paulus Maria "Louis" van Gaal, Dutch football manager
Louis Seymour Bazett Leakey, British paleontologist
Louis "Kid" Kaplan, Ukrainian boxer
Louis Pilot, Luxembourgian footballer
Louis Herman "Red" Klotz, American basketball player
Louis Rubenstein, Canadian figure skater
Louis Laurent Saha, French footballer
Louis Hunter, Australian actor
Louis Hofmann, German actor
Jean-Louis "Jack" Lebris de Kerouac, American novelist and poet
Louis Vincent Gerstner Jr., American former CEO of IBM
Louis Marie Malle, French film director, screenwriter, and producer
Louis Xavier Marie Guillaume, Prince of Luxembourg
Louis Gibson, son of American actor Mel Gibson
Louis Hugo Sage Jackson, son of YouTubers Ash and James Jackson
Louis Bardo Bullock, son of American actress Sandra Bullock
Louis (b. 2010), Duke of Burgundy, son of Louis Alphonse, Duke of Anjou; twin of brother Alphonse, Duke of Berry
Louis Augustus Walton (b. 2013), son of actors Majandra Delfino and David Walton
Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge (b. 2018), Prince of the United Kingdom; son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Pop Culture References for the name Louis

Louis de Pointe du Lac, main character in Anne Rice's "Interview with the Vampire"
Louis Weasley, son of Bill and Fleur Weasley in the "Harry Potter" series, brother of Dominique and Victoire Weasley
Louis Anthony Stevens, character on TV's "Even Stevens"
Louis Marlowe Litt, character on TV's "Suits"
Louis "Lou" Vartann, character on TV's "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"
Dom Louis, character in "Dom Juan" by Moliere
Louis, swan in "The Trumpet of the Swan" by E.B. White
"Louis," graphic novel series by metaphrog
Louis, character in video game "Left 4 Dead"
Louis the Yard Teacher, character in "Sideways Stories from Wayside School" by Louis Sachar, based on the author
Louis the Alligator, character in Disney's "The Princess and the Frog"
Louis Tully, character in the "Ghostbusters" movies
Louis Gridley Wu, main character in the "Ringworld" series by Larry Niven
Louis "Louie" Anderson, main character in "Life with Louie"
Louis Drax, main character in "The 9th Life of Louis Drax"
Louis "Louie" Duck, character in "DuckTales"
Captain Louis Renault, character in the film "Casablanca"
Louis XIV, American rock band
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Louis Osmond, character from Netflix's "Greenhouse Academy"

Lou, Luki, Lasho, Ludis, Lucho, Louies, Louie, Lashi, Aloysius, Lewes, Lewis, 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) Ludwig (German) Luiz, Luis (Spanish)


rubylark Says:


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:


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

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Eliane Says:


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:


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:


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:


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:


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:


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

Jennifer Says:


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:


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:


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:


Louis Tomlinson. Love it!

jasminegarden Says:


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:


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:


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:


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:


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:


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:


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:


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:


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?