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Quick Facts on Louis

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • French, German
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 315
Simple meaning:
Famous warrior

Characteristics of Louis

  • Dependable
  • Solid
  • Practical
  • Hard-working
  • Industrious
  • Studious
  • Conservative

Etymology & Historical Origin - Louis

Louis is a French name of Frankish/Germanic origin, derived from the German masculine name Ludwig, from the elements “hlōd” (fame) and “wīg” (war). The French Louis (pronounced loo-EE) became a common name within royal households and families of nobility, auspiciously dating back to the 8th century with Louis I, the son of Charlemagne (ruler of both France and the Holy Roman Empire). Fifteen more kings of France named Louis would follow him, ending with Louis XVI who was executed during the French Revolution (1793). Louis XVI’s great great great grandfather was Louis XIV whose reign lasted for 72 years and coincided with the height of French power and prosperity. The French obviously helped popularize this royal name in England where is has often been rendered as “Lewis”. There are several language variations of Louis including Aloysius (Provençal), Ludwig (German), Luigi (Italian), Luis (Spanish), Ludvig (Scandinavian), and Lewis or Louis (English). Pet or short forms of the name are Lou and Louie. Louis continues to be hugely popular in France, ranked as the 4th most popular boy’s name in 2009. The British prefer the spelling Lewis, but the Americans opt for the French spelling Louis (just with a different pronunciation).

Popularity of the Name Louis

Louis is another example of a hugely successful masculine name in American history. At the turn of the 20th century more than 100 years ago, Louis was a Top 20 favorite name for little boys. The name would remain on the Top 100 list for 80 straight years, finally falling off in 1960. The name’s decline in usage had been slow and temperate until the 1990s when his drops in popularity would become more significant. Today, Louis doesn’t fit within the 21st century naming practices. He’s more akin to Walter, Arthur and Albert – that is to say, out-dated and no longer fashionable. However, the name just got another push up the charts in 2010, having regained currency after Sandra Bullock named her newly adopted baby boy Louis. American parents are rediscovering how charming this royal name can be. Perhaps this ‘famous warrior’ has come back into battle for prestige in the world of names. We hope he succeeds.
Popularity of the Boy Name Louis
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Louis

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Louis

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Louis

    Louis de Pointe du Lac (Interview with the Vampire) Louis de Pointe du Lac is a character in Anne Rice’s “Vampire Chronicles", starting with the 1976 fantasy, Interview with the Vampire. The character in the 1994 movie was played by Brad Pitt. Louis is a physically beautiful 18th century plantation owner who becomes a depressed alcoholic after the death of his brother, for which he feels responsible. He is inducted into the rites of vampirism against his will by the vampire, Lestat (in the movie, Tom Cruise, no less), and the two embark upon a centuries-long series of dark adventures. Louis is a sad and conflicted vampire, who has trouble with the necessary evils of the Life. Nonetheless, he takes part in the ritualistic murders as he must, including that of the young girl, Claudia, with whom he and Lestat build a familial unit. Louis is at once a symbol of a romantic idealist and a typical human being, who longs for the redemption that only love can provide.

  • Popular Songs on Louis

    Popular Songs on Louis

    Louis, Louis - a song by Chuck Berry

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Louis

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Louis

    Looking after Louis (Lesley Ely) - A young girl sits next to a boy named Louis at school. Louis has autism, but through imagination, kindness, and a special game of soccer, his classmates find a way to join him in his world. Then they can include Louis in theirs. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Louis Pasteur: Founder of Modern Medicine (John Hudson Tiner) - Learn about his early life as the son of a tanner. Experience his years of struggle as an unknown scientist and enjoy his triumph as one of the world's most celebrated heroes. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Louis the Fish (Arthur Yorinks) - Louis is a butcher. He has a nice shop on Flatbush, with steady customers. He's "always friendly, always helpful, a wonderful guy." But Louis is not happy. He hates meat! All his life he's been surrounded by meat. His grandfather was a butcher. His father was a butcher. His whole childhood, even his birthdays, revolved around meat. As a boy he tried anything to escape--even a job after school cleaning fish tanks. But that doesn't last long. Louis soon has to take over his parents' butcher shop. He grows ill. Business begins to fail. All seems lost. Until one night, in fitful sleep, after uneasy dreams, Louis is changed in a profound and startling way and begins a happy new life. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Louis the Tiger Who Came From the Sea (Michal Kozlowski) - What do you do with a tiger named Louis who came from the sea? One morning, Ali and Ollie are awoken by a beastly snore. They look out the window and what do they see? Is it a giant carrot? A pumpkin? No, it's a tiger, soaking wet and fast asleep. They decide his name must be Louis and he must have come from the sea. Ali and Ollie agree that he's hungry, so they venture outside with milk and cereal. When Mother and Father join them, Louis wakes up with a mighty roar. Everyone scampers inside -- followed by Louis, who pads in through the open door. While the family huddles upstairs, Louis sleeps by the fire and luxuriates in the bathtub. Before long, Ali and Ollie come up with an ingenious plan to help Louis return to the sea. Readers will be captivated by Sholto Walker's humorous illustrations, which heighten the charm and originality of Michal Kozlowski's spirited tale. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    My Brother Louis Measures Worms: And Other Louis Stories (Barbara Robinson) - How is it that Louis has been driving his mother's car around town if he's only eight years old? Where did the cat go to have her kittens? Who won the free wedding? Whether it's costume parades, mysterious paint allergies, or bicycle disasters, there's never a dull moment when the Lawson family is around! Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Out of Darkness: The Story of Louis Braille (Russell Freedman) - A biography of the 19th century Frenchman who developed Braille. The book spans Braille's life from childhood through his days at the Royal Institute for Blind Youth and into his final years, when the alphabet he invented was finally gaining acceptance. Recommended for ages 10-14.

    When Louis Armstrong Taught Me Scat (Muriel Harris Weinstein) - In a CRACKITY-SNAPPITY-POPPITY-POP bubblegum dream, a young girl learns to scat from the master himself, Louis Armstrong! Written in prose and scat with wild and wonderful illustrations by R. Gregory Christie, this joyful tribute is downright contagious. CHEW-ITEE CHEW-ITEE CHEW-ITEE CHOP, CRACKITY SNAPPITY POPPITY POP! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Who Was Louis Armstrong? (Yona Zeldis McDonough) - If not for a stint in reform school, young Louis Armstrong might never have become a musician. It was a teacher at the Colored Waifs’ Home who gave him a cornet, promoted him to band leader, and saw talent in the tough kid from the even tougher New Orleans neighborhood called Storyville. But it was Louis Armstrong’s own passion and genius that pushed jazz into new and exciting realms with his amazing, improvisational trumpet playing. His seventy-year life spanned a critical time in American music as well as black history. Recommended for ages 8-12.

  • Famous People Named Louis

    Famous People Named Louis

    Famous People Named Louis - Louis (scores of European kings); Louis Pasteur (French scientist); Louis Armstrong (musician); Lou Gehrig (baseball player); Louis Braille (invented the Braille System for the blind); Louis Leakey (British paleontologist); Louis L'Amour (author); Louis Gossett, Jr. (actor); Lou Boudreau (baseball player); Lou Brock (baseball player); Louis de Broglie (French physicist); Louis Chevrolet (founder of the Chevrolet Motor Car Company); Louis Clarke (Olympic athlete); Lou Costello (comic/actor); Louis Dobbs (TV newsman); Louis Farrakhan (activist); Lou Ferrigno (bodybuilder/actor); Louis Gerstner (businessman); Louis Jolliet (French explorer); Louis Jordan (musician); Louis "Kid Kaplan" (boxer); Louis Klotz ("Red", basketball); Lou Diamond Philips (actor); Lou Rawls (musician); Lou Reed (musician); Louis Rubenstein (figure skater); Louis Vuitton (French fashion designer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Louis

    Children of Famous People Named Louis

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Louis - Sandra Bullock (actress); Mel Gibson (actor/director); Nikolas Sarkozy (President of France); Ozzy Osbourne (musician); Princess Stephanie of Monaco (royalty); Andy Serkis (British actor); Bill Pullman (actor); Lou Ferrigno (bodybuilder/actor)

Personality of the Boy Name Louis

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Variations of the Baby Name - Louis

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