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Louis or Louie?

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magbags Wed 10-Jun-09 14:33:34

We are considering the boys name Louie.

I know that the traditional spelling is Louis but I've heard some discussion on previous threads about incorrect pronunciation of this (as in Loo-is) which I would find really annoying.

To avoid this issue we are considering using the more intuitive (imo) spelling of Louie, which is written as you would say it, Loo-ee.

Is this a legitemate alternative way to spell the name? Opinions please!

rubyslippers Wed 10-Jun-09 14:34:06


shootfromthehip Wed 10-Jun-09 14:34:33


franke Wed 10-Jun-09 14:35:42

I always think of Louie as being short for Louise. So would go for Louis.

Wags Wed 10-Jun-09 14:36:28

I would always look at Louis and pronounce it Louie. In fact a friend of mine has called her DS Lewis but she spelt it Louis. He isn't school age yet but already most people spell it Lewis and I think she realises it was a bit of a mistake.

Bonneville Wed 10-Jun-09 14:37:08

Louis. Louie not a proper spelling.

sazzlelou Wed 10-Jun-09 14:37:50


modernart Wed 10-Jun-09 14:38:05


callalilies Wed 10-Jun-09 14:38:52

Louis definitely

magbags Wed 10-Jun-09 15:05:13

Maybe I'm being really thick (probably) but I would see Louis and say Loo-is...or in the past I would have! Would most people, like Wags, see the name written and say Loo-ee?

callalilies Wed 10-Jun-09 15:11:57

I'd always pronounce Lewis as Loo-is and Louis as Lou-ee. Think most people are the same.

gladders Wed 10-Jun-09 16:49:12


jellybeans Wed 10-Jun-09 16:56:15

I like Louie as am never sure whether Louis is a Loo-iss or loo-ee as know of both these for the Louis spelling.

daizydoo Wed 10-Jun-09 16:59:06

If you call your child Louis, I think you'll find a lot of people will spell it Louie...

lotspot Wed 10-Jun-09 20:21:05

i know a Louis pronounced Loo-ee and pretty much everyone pronounces it Loo-ee when seeing it written down!

Also, everyone writes it Louis without asking so i would say go with Louis - Louie looks wrong to me

Tambajam Wed 10-Jun-09 20:27:20

We have one of each at school. I have no problem with Louie. I really don't like the Lewis pronounciation and I think it solves the problem quite neatly.

Joycey29 Wed 10-Jun-09 20:29:42

Go for Louis - Louie just looks like you don't know the correct way to spell it!
Have both in the class and much prefer Louis!

thisisyesterday Wed 10-Jun-09 20:33:27

i prefer Louis myself. don't know why, just like it better.

sophiesmummie Wed 10-Jun-09 21:51:10

In some languages, German for example, Louis is pronounced Loo-is.

Louie avoids any doubt about its pronounciation, so I would go for that spelling.

KittyWalker Wed 10-Jun-09 21:52:45


Ronaldinhio Wed 10-Jun-09 21:53:51


v nice btw imho

Tidey Wed 10-Jun-09 21:54:46

I would automatically pronounce Louis in the correct way. If people want the name Lewis, they normally spell it that way, don't they?

paisleyleaf Wed 10-Jun-09 21:55:15

I think the same as Joycey: Louis
or it looks like you don't know how to spell it.

ravenAK Wed 10-Jun-09 21:57:58

Louis is much more traditional.

A mate of mine called her ds (now late teens) Louie to avoid mispronunciation - ie. people calling him Lewis.

He's changed the spelling to Louis (mostly he answers to Lou) because he thinks Louie is a 'little boy's name'.

I'm inclined to agree with him tbh - it's a much more usual name than it was then & people do know how it's pronounced.

QueenofSpleen Wed 10-Jun-09 23:10:49

Louis any other spelling looks daft.

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