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Name Origins: Louis

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Julie Helen Otto

Julie Helen Otto
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LOUIS (m): This name, originally the Frankish CHLODOWEG, was introduced to what is now France by the Franks in the very early Middle Ages. It evolved into one of the most popular French male names, used at every level of society, perhaps most famously by the Bourbon kings: Louis XIII, "the Just" (1601–1643, king from 1610); his son Louis XIV, “le Grand” (1638–1715, king from 1643, whose long reign practically made the given name a royal institution); his grandson Louis XV (1710–1774, king from 1715), and his great-grandson Louis XVI (1754–1793, king from 1774).

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