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how do you pronounce boys name louis?

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mariannegrace Thu 04-Oct-12 10:42:25

thank you.

flowery Thu 04-Oct-12 10:42:56


YouMayLogOut Thu 04-Oct-12 10:54:10


YouMayLogOut Thu 04-Oct-12 10:54:25

If you want it pronounced Lewis, then spell it that way

squoosh Thu 04-Oct-12 10:54:44


In America they pronounce it Lewis.

Annianni Thu 04-Oct-12 10:55:16


rachel234 Thu 04-Oct-12 11:47:55

Lou-is (unless you're French).

E.g. The city of St Louis in Missouri is pronounced St Lou-is.

annasophia Thu 04-Oct-12 11:49:39

Lou-is, how it is written.

It's very popular in Germany and they pronounce it Lou-is as well.

RuleBritannia Thu 04-Oct-12 11:50:19

Lord Louis Mountbatten was pronounced Loo-ee

shoppingtrolley Thu 04-Oct-12 11:51:42

I know one and nobody's ever said it differently. I have no idea about the Americans though.

poppydaisy Thu 04-Oct-12 11:55:14

French pronounciation is Lou-ee (as they don't pronounce their 's' following an i).

Americans and most Europeans pronounce it phonetically, so Lou-is.

evamummy Thu 04-Oct-12 12:00:18

I know a little Louis whose name is pronounce Lou-is. But I've also heard the French pronunciation.

Perhaps we should 'anglify' the name (in the UK) to either Louie or Lewis - that avoids the misunderstandings re. pronounciation.

wigglesrock Thu 04-Oct-12 12:02:53

Lou-ee and I went to school with a few, always pronounced the same.

DowntonTrout Thu 04-Oct-12 12:04:01

Louis is Lou-ee

Lewis is Lewis.

WingDefence Thu 04-Oct-12 12:04:05

I pronounce it Lewis.

YouOldSlag Thu 04-Oct-12 12:06:15

The correct pronunciation is LOO-EE. Not Lewis.

I get irritated when people say Louis as Lewis.

bananaramma Thu 04-Oct-12 12:09:08

The Louis in my dd's class pronounces it Lou-is.

Louis also makes it much easier for learning to write your name. Also, why shouldn't we pronounce the name the phonetically correct way (in English), just like the Americans, Germans etc do? The French don't pronounce our English names correctly - they 'frenchify' them (e.g. Charles becomes Shawl or Hugo becomes UUgo grin).

salcz Thu 04-Oct-12 12:09:30

I know an adult Louis and a toddler Louis and both are pronounced Lou-ee.

squoosh Thu 04-Oct-12 12:12:46

It's swings and roundabouts. We pronounce some French words in the French way e.g Louis,ballet, bouquet and some French words have been altered to a British pronunication e.g. fillet, valet.

sleeplessinsuburbia Thu 04-Oct-12 12:23:38

This has been a thread before and I couldn't believe how angry people got. There's no right way, it depends on what your parents decide. Louis Armstrong's mum called him Lou-is.

happybigbump Thu 04-Oct-12 12:33:09

I say Lou-is.

tammytoby Thu 04-Oct-12 12:38:58

I'd pronounce it however the 'owner' preferred, either the French way (Lou-ee) or the English way (Lou-is).

Agree with sleepless in that there is no 'correct' way. Many names have different pronounciations and yes, it does depend on what your parents (or yourself) prefer.

comedaygoday Thu 04-Oct-12 16:47:59

I know 3 and they all pronounce it Louee. I would assume this was the pronunciation (to distinguish it from Lewis) unless told otherwise by the child or his parents.

HecateHarshPants Thu 04-Oct-12 16:50:33

I say louis as loo-ee and lewis as loo-is

Unless told differently by the person whose name it is or their parent. Then I'll pronounce it gerjwiggertywoof if they told me to. grin I go with what they want.

Are you considering this name for your child? How do you want to pronounce it?

usualsuspect3 Thu 04-Oct-12 16:52:59

My Louis is pronounce lou-is.

I get a bit fed up on these threads of people saying I pronounce my own sons name wrong TBH.

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