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The name Lewis or Louis which is the correct spelling or is it matter of preference decided at birth?

Question #134874. Asked by endoverend.
Last updated Feb 26 2014.
Originally posted Feb 25 2014 10:35 PM.

penguintrivia
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penguintrivia
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Both Louis and Lewis are English versions of the German Ludwig, Louis is also a French variant. Pronounced in the English style it is Lew-wis but parents may wish the name or one of its variants to be pronounced in the French or other style.

link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_%28given_name%29

Feb 25 2014, 10:50 PM
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mrsoliverwood
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Louis was the original name, an anglicised version appeared in the Middle Ages as Lewis.

link http://www.babynames.co.uk/meaning_origin_name_Lewis.htm

Feb 26 2014, 4:01 AM
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The reason we have Lewis and Louis and Stewart and Stuart is because the French did not use the letter W so had to use a u and another vowel to make the same sound. Now the spellings have become interchangeable. Source, memory.

Feb 26 2014, 9:54 PM
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