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Louis Name Meaning

French: from the personal name Louis, derived from a Germanic personal name (the name of the founder of the Frankish dynasty) composed of the elements hlod ‘fame’ + wig ‘war’. This is recorded in Latin chronicles as Ludovicus (see Ludwig), and Chlodovechus, which became Old French Clovis, Clouis, Louis, a name borne by many French kings.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Lois, Clovis, Loui, Louise, Luis, Boris, Buis, Loris, Bois, Bouie

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Where is the Louis family from?

You can see how Louis families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Louis family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Louis families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 273 Louis families living in Quebec. This was about 27% of all the recorded Louis's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Louis families in 1911.
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What did your Louis ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Louis. 25% of Louis men worked as a Farmer and 20% of Louis women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Louis were Clerk and Domestique.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    25%
  • Labourer
    17%
  • Laborer
    9%
  • Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
    20%
  • Servante
    20%
  • Income
    20%
  • Domestique
    14%
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Census Records

There are 172,000 census records available for the last name Louis. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Louis census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 32,000 immigration records available for the last name Louis. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 27,000 military records available for the last name Louis. For the veterans among your Louis ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Louis lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Louis life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1973. The average life expectancy for Louis in 1946 was 53, and 69 in 2004.

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