Clovis (given name)

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Related names Louis, Lewis, Ludovic, Ludovico, Luigi, Luis, Ludwig, Lodewijk, Aloysius, Alois

Clovis is the modern conventional French (and thence English) form of the Old Frankish name Chlodowig (*Hlōdowig "famous in battle"), equivalent to the modern forms Louis (French) and Ludwig (German).

Frankish royalty[edit]

  • Clovis I (c. 466–511), the first king of the Franks to unite all the Frankish tribes under one ruler
  • Clovis II (637–c. 658), king of Neustria and Burgundy
  • Clovis III (reigned 675–676), the king of Austrasia
  • Clovis IV (682–695), the sole king of the Franks from 691 until 695
  • Clovis (died 580), son of Chilperic I and Audovera, assassinated by his father and stepmother
  • Louis the Pious, son of Charlemagne, King of Aquitaine from 781 and sole ruler of the Franks 814-840, but counted as "Louis I of France" even though West Francia (the nucleus of the later kingdom of France) was formed only after his death.

Modern use[edit]

Because of the importance of Clovis I in the national historiography of France, the form Clovis has been occasionally revived beginning in the 19th century. In the same period, the form Chlodwig has seen some limited use in Germany.[1]

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  1. ^ The name Chlodwig is not now in use as a given name in Germany, but it exists as a surname, with a very limited (five individuals) found in the German phonebook as of 2013; see Somewhat more widespread as a surname is the variant Klodwig (67 entries;

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