Louis (given name)

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Louis XIV, King of France (1643–1715)
PronunciationUK: /ˈli/
US: /ˈlɪs/
French: [lwi]
Language(s)French and English
MeaningFamous warrior (Ludwig)
Other names
Alternative spellingLouys
Related namesLouie, Clovis, Lewis, Ludovico, Luigi, Luis, Ludvig, Ludwig, Lodewijk, Lodewyk, Alois

Louis is the French form of the Old Frankish given name Chlodowig and one of two English forms,[1] the other being Lewis (/ˈlɪs/). The Frankish name is composed of the words for "fame" (hlōd) and "warrior" (wīg) which may be translated to famous warrior or "famous in battle".[2]

Variant forms[edit]

Feminine variants[edit]

  • Arabic: لويز
  • Belarusian: Луіза (Luiza)
  • Chinese Simplified: 路易丝 (Lùyìsī)
  • Chinese Traditional: 路易絲 (Lùyìsī)
  • Croatian: Alojzija
  • Danish: Lovise
  • Dutch: Louisa, Louise, Ludovica
  • English: Louisa, Lou, Louella, Lula, Luella
  • Estonian: Loviise
  • Finnish: Loviisa
  • French: Lou, Louise, Louisette
  • German: Aloisia, Louisa, Luise, Lulu, Luisa
  • Greek: Λουίζα (Louíza)
  • Gujarati: લુઇસ (Lu'isa)
  • Hebrew: לואיז
  • Hindi: लुइस (Lu'isa)
  • Hungarian: Lujza
  • Italian: Lodovica, Ludovica, Luigia, Luisa, Gigia, Gina, Ginetta, Luigina, Luisella
  • Japanese: ルイーザ (Ruīza), ルイ (Rui)
  • Kannada: ಲೂಯಿಸ್ (Lūyis)
  • Korean: 루이사 (Luisa)
  • Lithuanian: Liudvika
  • Maori: Ruiha
  • Macedonian: Лујза (Lujza), Лојза (Lojza)
  • Mongolian: Луиза (Luiza)
  • Nepali: लुइस ( Lu'isa)
  • Norwegian: Lovise
  • Persian: لوئیس
  • Polish: Ludwika, Luiza
  • Portuguese: Luísa, Luiza
  • Romanian: Luiza
  • Serbian: Луиз (Luiz)
  • Slovak: Alojzia
  • Slovene: Alojzija
  • Spanish: Luisa, Luisina, Luisita
  • Swedish: Lovisa, Lova
  • Tamil: லூயிஸ் ( Lūyis)
  • Telugu: లూయిస్ ( Lūyis)
  • Thai: หลุยส์ ( H̄luys̄̒)
  • Ukrainian: Луїза (Luyiza)
  • Urdu: لوئیس

Arts and entertainment[edit]



Holy Roman Emperors and Kings of Germany[edit]

Kings of France[edit]

Other French royalty[edit]

Kings of Etruria[edit]

Kings of Holland[edit]

  • Louis I Bonaparte, King of Holland from 1806 to 1810
  • Louis II Bonaparte, King of Holland in 1810, also Grand Duke of Berg

Kings of Hungary[edit]

  • Louis the Great, (Louis I of Hungary) Apostolic King of Hungary, Dalmatia, Croatia, Rama, Serbia, Galicia, Lodomeria, Jerusalem and Sicily from 1342, King of Poland from 1370
  • Louis II of Hungary and Bohemia, King of Bohemia and Hungary from 1516 to 1526

King of Portugal[edit]

King of Spain[edit]

  • Louis I of Spain, the eldest son of Philip V of Spain by his first Queen consort Maria Louisa of Savoy

Princes of Monaco[edit]

Princes of the United Kingdom[edit]

Dukes and Kings of Bavaria[edit]

Grand-Duke of Berg[edit]

  • Louis, Grand Duke of Berg from 1809 to 1813, also King of Holland as Louis II

Grand-Dukes of Hesse[edit]

Duke of Savoy[edit]

Science and innovation[edit]



  • Louis Botha (1862–1919), South African politician, first Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa, one of the principal commanders of the Second Boer War
  • Louis Congo (c. 1725), emancipated slave, appointed public executioner of Louisiana
  • Louis Le Duff, French billionaire businessman
  • Louis Franchet d'Espèrey, French general during World War I
  • Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. (born 1942), chairman and CEO of IBM
  • Louis Jolliet (1645–1700), French explorer, one of the first Europeans to reach the northern part of the Mississippi River
  • Louis-Frédéric Lescure (1904–1993), French industrialist
  • Louis Mountbatten (1900–1979), last Viceroy of India and first Governor-General of independent India, cousin of Queen Elizabeth II
  • Louis (parrot), parrot from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, well-provided for by owner's will after her death in 1949
  • Louis H. Pollak (1922–2012), American district court judge and dean of Yale Law School and the University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Louis Pope (b.1947), American businessman
  • Louis B. Schwartz (1913–2003), American law professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Louis Zamperini (1917–2014), American World War II veteran, Christian evangelist and an Olympic distance runner, best known for being a Japanese POW survivor.

Fictional characters[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Campbell, Mike. "Meaning, origin and history of the name Louis". Behind the Name.
  2. ^ Campbell, Mike. "Meaning, origin and history of the name Ludwig". Behind the Name.
  3. ^ M. Petrossian (ed.). New Dictionary Armenian-English. Librairie de Beyrouth.