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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.

DejaB00 Sun 04-Nov-12 21:20:12

teapot I get very upset about this because I have a Louis and I'm French grin

allagory Sun 04-Nov-12 20:58:10

I do agree (as a Mother of a Lou-ee) there is no right or wrong word.
But most of your other "facts" are a but dodgy! 1) Louis is not a German name. German name equivalent is Ludwig. Louis is an import, as it is into English. There is no German (or English for that matter) dipthong "oui" to my knowledge" 2) there are really no rules about pronouncing word endings in English Especially for imports.. It's just a hotch potch of bits and pieces which sometimes conform to original pronounciation , sometimes we change it.

sonniboo Sun 04-Nov-12 20:25:40

There is no WRONG or CORRECT way.

The French don't pronounce the last s in many words so Louis becomes Lou-ee, just like amis is pronounced am-ee. So Louis Theroux and Louis Vuitton are pronounced the French way. (Louis Walsh obviously likes the French way).

In English (and German, Dutch, Swedish, Spanish) we DO pronounce the s at the end of most words so Louis is pronounced Lou-is. The City of St Louis in Missouri is pronounced Lou-is. In Germany Louis is a very popular name and is always pronounced Lou-is.

Am surprised that so many English prefer the French pronunciation - the French are much keener to 'frenchify' our English names grin.

Teapot13 Sun 04-Nov-12 20:18:26

There is a thread about this nearly every week -- it is starting to rival baby showers.

The French say "Lou-ee." Americans (and many others) say "Lou-is." (We don't say "Lou-is" if the person is obviously French.) Why do British people get so upset about this? After all, you pronounce the "h" in "herbs", and the "t" in "filet" and "valet." There just isn't perfect agreement about which words we pronounce the French way and which ones we anglicize. It's not a matter of being "yoonique" (at least not in America).

There are lots of names, like Robert, Thomas or Charles, that are spelled the same but pronounced differently in the 2 languages. (And I would argue that the names Sophie and Natalie are not pronounced the same in the two languages, either -- English people don't say So-PHEE or Nah-tah-LEE. You don't say Lou-EE for that matter, either.)

And don't get me started on Pops.

DejaB00 Sun 04-Nov-12 13:35:49

Louis Armstrong, Louis Vuitton, Louis Theroux, or even Louis Walsh! Olympian Louis Smith's parents should have spelt his name Lewis, as it is their pronunciation is totally wrong.
My son is called Louis and I've never had any problems with mispronunciation.

Binkybix Fri 12-Oct-12 23:01:25

I would assume Lou-ee unless told otherwise. Of course, I would pronounce as the owner/parents preferred, but I think Lou-ee is a lot nicer.

evamummy Fri 12-Oct-12 11:53:17

The one at my ds's school goes by Lou-is.

SabrinaMulhollandJjones Thu 11-Oct-12 21:00:35

The two I know are Lou-ee.

mayanna123 Thu 11-Oct-12 20:57:50

And author Louis Sacher says of his own name that it is pronounced as
"loo-is sack-er (rhymes with cracker)"

mayanna123 Thu 11-Oct-12 20:54:15

Depends where you live. In France (and many parts of the UK and Ireland, it seems) it is Lou-ee.

In America, Germany, Scandinavia, Holland etc Louis is pronounced phonetically, Lou-is.

mathanxiety Thu 11-Oct-12 19:35:06


Loo-iss is Lewis.

Irish pronunciation is nearly always Loo-ee. It is the French pronunciation.

It is not difficult to learn to write your name if it doesn't look as it sounds. I have an Irish name that I learned to spell correctly long before I learned any Irish.

bigbluebump Thu 11-Oct-12 10:50:38

I know a Louis pronounced Lou-is.

Metronomy Thu 11-Oct-12 09:54:40


saintlyjimjams Wed 10-Oct-12 22:55:54


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


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

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 22:39:53

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 22:09:03

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

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

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.

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