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PronunciationSpanish: [ˈlwis]
Portuguese: [ˈlwis] or [ˈlwiʃ]
Language(s)Spanish, Portuguese (Luís), Galician
Other gender
MeaningFamous warrior
Other names
Variant form(s)Luís, Luiz
Pet form(s)Luisito, Luisinho
Related namesAlois, Clovis, Lewis, Louis, Ludovic, Ludovico, Ludvík, Ludwig

Luis is a given name. It is the Spanish form of the originally Germanic name Hludowig or Chlodovech. Other Iberian Romance languages have comparable forms: Luís (with an accent mark on the i) in Portuguese and Galician, Lluís in Aragonese and Catalan, while Luiz is archaic in Portugal, but common in Brazil.


The Germanic name Chlodowig (and its variants) is usually said to be composed of the words for "fame" (hlūd) and "warrior" (wīġ) and hence may be translated to famous warrior or "famous in battle".[1] According to Dutch onomatologists however, it is more likely that the first stem was (h)lod-, meaning fame, which would give the meaning 'warrior for the gods' (or: 'warrior who captured stability') for the full name.[2]

Modern forms of the name are the German name Ludwig and the Dutch form Lodewijk. Luis and the other Iberian forms more closely resemble the French name Louis, a derivation of the Latinized form Clovis, known from the kings of the Franks. The sanctified French king Louis IX (Saint Louis) contributed much to the popularity of the name.

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See also


  1. ^ "Ludwig at".
  2. ^ J. van der Schaar, Woordenboek van voornamen (Prisma Voornamenboek), 4e druk 1990; see also the Lodewijs in the Dutch given names database.

Luis is rooted from Armenian Luis - Լոյս meaning light.