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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.

usualsuspect3 Thu 04-Oct-12 16:54:14


PiggyBankMum Thu 04-Oct-12 16:57:07


But if I met one who pronounced it Lou-is that is how I would say it, of couse.

I do know some Lewis's too.

EugenesAxe Thu 04-Oct-12 17:01:04


cece Thu 04-Oct-12 17:07:17

I always thought it was Lou-ee. Never occured to me to say Lou-is. I thought that was spelt Lewis tbh. You live and learn!

ImpYCelyn Thu 04-Oct-12 17:07:38


bananaramma - Charles is a French name, technically we anglicised it.

squoosh Thu 04-Oct-12 17:11:59

This thread is reminding me of Louis Theroux.


fromo Thu 04-Oct-12 18:27:42

Louis = Lou-ee

If you want Lewis, then spell it Lewis.

One wouldn't pronounce Isla as Iss-la or Sean as Se-ann would one?

Narked Thu 04-Oct-12 18:57:56

Lou - ee

LittleAbruzzenBear Thu 04-Oct-12 19:13:07!/entry/how-do-you-pronounce-louis,500d08067af68a84dc2adfd9/2

I would pronounce it Loo-ee. I thought Loo-is would be spelt Lewis. Louis Armstrong pronounced his name as Lewis, but it may be because he is American and they do say things differently!

QuickQuickSloe Thu 04-Oct-12 19:16:59

Loo ee.

iklboo Thu 04-Oct-12 19:28:36


MsHighwater Thu 04-Oct-12 19:33:25

Loo-ee. At least that's what I would assume unless I found that the Louis pronounced it otherwise then I'd judge his parents and pronounce it as he preferred.

usualsuspect3 Thu 04-Oct-12 19:45:45

One can pronounce louis as one likes.

tammytoby Thu 04-Oct-12 20:36:57

Outside of the UK, most non-French speakers pronounce Louis as it is written, Lou-is. So if you choose Louis for your son be prepared that many people will pronounce it like that (and not the French way).

Personally I prefer Lou-is. Makes more sense in English. Must be difficult to learn how to write your name as Louis if you don't pronounce the s confused.

YouMayLogOut Thu 04-Oct-12 20:51:41

I've decided to pronounce it "Jack" usual

thinkfast Thu 04-Oct-12 21:13:10

Louie - my son is Louis. As in Louis Armstrong. Louis vitton

YUNoSaySomethingNice Thu 04-Oct-12 21:46:45

I would say something along the lines of.....

Lewis err, um Lou'ee uh, how do I pronounce your name exactly ?

MrsJohnDeere Thu 04-Oct-12 22:07:45

I'd say loo-iss because that's how the mother of the only one I know pronounces it (dc too young to say it himself)

flowery Fri 05-Oct-12 09:44:16

I think really most people in this country see 'Louis' and think 'louee'. If you want it to be pronounced 'Lou-iss' you're probably safer going for Lewis or be prepared for correcting people some of the time.

Haylebop12 Fri 05-Oct-12 09:51:37

My DN is Louie. Spelt that way to avoid confusion :-)

GobblersKnob Fri 05-Oct-12 09:52:49

I know four, three adults and one child, they are all Loo-ee.

I would always pronouce it this way unless corrected, it has never occured to me that it could be said Lou-is, I would expect that to be 'Lewis' (know two of those too).

tammytoby Fri 05-Oct-12 12:43:11

The problem with Lewis is that it is only pronouncable in English. Germans, for example, would pronounce it Leh-vis.

Louis, on the other hand, is pronounced phonetically as Lou-is in all languages, the exception being that the French miss of the s.

I personally much prefer the look of Louis over Lewis (but that is just personal taste).

JaffaSnaffle Fri 05-Oct-12 12:45:06


olliesmum234 Fri 05-Oct-12 12:50:35

I say Lou-is. Like St Louis in Missouri.

olliesmum234 Fri 05-Oct-12 12:51:05

Lou-ee sounds a bit pretentious, trying to be French imo.

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