Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Luis

Luis is the Spanish form Ludwig, an ancient Frankish-Germanic masculine name from the Germanic elements “hlōd” (fame) and “wīg” (war). The French typically render the name Louis (pronounced loo-EE) which by the Middle Ages became a common name within royal households and families of nobility, auspiciously dating all the way back to the 8th century, starting with Louis I, the son of Charlemagne (King of the Franks and Holy Roman Empire). Fifteen more Kings of France named Louis would follow Louis I, ending with Louis XVI who was executed during the French Revolution (1793). One of the most illustrious of the French Louis was Louis XVI’s great great great grandfather, Louis XIV, whose reign lasted 72 years and coincided with the height of French power and prosperity throughout Europe. The French obviously helped popularize this royally “famous” name in England where it 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. All of these names continue to be hugely popular in their respective languages. The Spanish spelling of Luis is a Top 100 favorite nombre del bebé niño in Chile, Spain and the United States.

All About the Baby Name – Luis

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME LUIS

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME LUIS

Not surprisingly, given the Spanish influence in the United States, the name Luis dates back to 1880 on the masculine naming charts (this is as far back as we have available data). Suffice it to say that as a given name, Luis’s usage grew right along with the rising Hispanic-American population. The name finally achieved Top 100 status nationwide in 1980 where it has remained for over 30 years. The only Spanish boy names more popular than Luis right now in the United States are: Angel, Jose and Xavier. Luis is pretty much a top five pick when it comes to Spanish-specific names used among Hispanic-Americans. The other Spanish male names currently on America’s overall Top 100 list are: Juan, Carlos, Jesús and Diego.

Quick Facts

ON LUIS

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

Spanish

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

1

RANKING POPULARITY:

96

PRONUNCIATION:

LWEES

SIMPLE MEANING:

Famous warrior

Characteristics

OF LUIS

Mystical

Wise

Eccentric

Intuitive

Imaginative

Philosophical

Solitary

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Luis

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME LUIS

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Luis

Popular Songs

ON LUIS

We cannot find any popular or well-known songs with the name of Luis


Famous People

NAMED LUIS

Luis Buñuel (Spanish filmmaker)
Luis Miguel (Mexican singer known as "El Sol")
Luis Horna (Peruvian tennis player)
Luís Figo (Portuguese footballer)
Luís de Camões (Portuguese poet)
Luis Fortuño (Puerto Rican governor)
Luis Suárez (Uruguayan footballer)
Luis Muñoz Marín (Puerto Rican poet)

Children of Famous People

NAMED LUIS

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Luis

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME LUIS

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Luis