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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.

squoosh Fri 05-Oct-12 12:54:44

I don't think Lou-ee sounds pretentious. We say Sophie and Natalie the French way without being thought pretentious.

GobblersKnob Fri 05-Oct-12 12:57:01

Yeah, I always think that about Louis Walsh olliesmum234 pretentious, french impersonating wanker winkgrin

DioneTheDiabolist Fri 05-Oct-12 13:05:52

Quite a few of my family (going back to the 19thC) are Louis. It is pronounced Lou-ee.

Pronouncing it such does not make me pretentious.hmm

olliesmum234 Fri 05-Oct-12 13:11:40

But Sophie and Natalie are pronounced very similarly in both languages. And actually the French emphasise the -ie of Sophie whereas many English say SO-phie, so we have anglified the name a little.

The French would never ever pronounce an English name the English way - think how they pronounce Thomas (without the s) or Fabian (without the n), so why are some Brits so keen to pronounce Louis the French way?!

The Americans, Germans, Swedes, Norweigans, Dutch etc etc all pronounce the name Louis as it is written, Lou-is, despite it being a French name originally.

squoosh Fri 05-Oct-12 13:15:21

Umm, well Loo-ee can also be seen to be anglicised as the French pronounce it L'wee.

Pronouncing Louis a French name, as Lewis means that you could also then pronounce Sophie as So-pie.

squoosh Fri 05-Oct-12 13:17:03

Why don't we pronounce Pierre as Pier?

olliesmum234 Fri 05-Oct-12 13:27:59

Because we have Peter

squoosh Fri 05-Oct-12 13:36:34


But people called Pierre aren't mistakenly called Pier. That's my point.

olliesmum234 Fri 05-Oct-12 13:45:23

Well, I'm sure non-French speakers pronounce Pierre in all kinds of ways grin

At the end of the day, people can choose any name they want and any pronunciation they prefer. But they need to be aware that there may be more than one 'correct' pronunciation of many names. And Louis is one of them.

squoosh Fri 05-Oct-12 13:49:15

I agree with that.

You can pronounce it both ways. The Americans say Lou-is but pronounce filet steak as Fil-ay. In the UK people say Lou-ee but use the British pronunciaion for fillet steak.

There's a bit of everything going on and I'm sure all Louis' are used to all variations.

manicinsomniac Sat 06-Oct-12 10:14:35

All the ones I've ever known have been Lou-ee if they're spelt Louis and Loo-iss if they're spelt Lewis.

There'll always be some who are different though so do what you prefer.

QuickQuickSloe Mon 08-Oct-12 21:39:37

How would you spell Lou-ee if not Louis?

olliesmum234 Mon 08-Oct-12 21:46:39

As it is written, Lou-is.

olliesmum234 Mon 08-Oct-12 21:47:52

Why would you want to spell Louis differently?

sonnieboo Mon 08-Oct-12 21:59:12

I pronounce Louis as Lou-is. Most Americans do too.

If you prefer the French pronunciation but live in the US/UK, you could spell it Louie.

skyebluesapphire Mon 08-Oct-12 22:02:42

Lou-ee . DD's friend in Reception is called Louis and thats how it is pronounced because they lived in France for a while.

Just think

Louis Vuitton
Louis Armstrong
Louis Walsh

squoosh Mon 08-Oct-12 22:09:03

No not Louie! Reminds me of Donald Duck's nephew. And then you`d need a Huey and Dewey too.

sonnieboo Mon 08-Oct-12 22:21:11

Louis Armstong pronounced his name often as Lou-is. I know a lot of Louis's who pronounce their name as Lou-is. Very popular on the Continent where it is also pronounced phonetically (Lou-is).

Louis Vuitton is obviously a French name and Louis Walsh wants to sound french/posh!

squoosh Mon 08-Oct-12 22:52:41

Louis Walsh is Irish though and every Irish Louis I`ve ever met has been a Lou-ee. I don't think it's an attempt at posh.

Popumpkin Mon 08-Oct-12 22:55:19

Louis = Loo-ee for me too. Lewis = loo-is.

I can just imagine The Antiques Roadshow getting all excited about a Loo-is XIV armchair grin.

QuickQuickSloe Tue 09-Oct-12 22:15:17

I was asking because my DS is a Louis (ee) and it didn't occur to me that there might be an alternative way to spell it.

ludog Wed 10-Oct-12 22:39:53

I am from the same town as Louis Walsh and Louis (Lou-ee) was quite a popular name in that area when I was growing up. Nothing pretentious or about it!! I have never heard it pronounced any way other than Lou-ee in Ireland.

squoosh Wed 10-Oct-12 22:43:44

Do they have posters of him everywhere ludog? Does his Mum drive around in a pimped out Rolls?

ludog Wed 10-Oct-12 22:47:12

No and no!! Actually I don't live there anymore but I don't think anyone is that overawed by his fame anywaywink

Flojo1979 Wed 10-Oct-12 22:49:02


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