Louis (given name)

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Louis XIV of France.jpg
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
See alsoLothar
Robert, name with a similar meaning

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.