Louis Family History

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Louis Name Meaning

French: from the personal name Louis, derived from a Germanic personal name (the name of the founder of the Frankish dynasty) composed of the elements hlod ‘fame’ + wig ‘war’. This is recorded in Latin chronicles as Ludovicus (see Ludwig), and Chlodovechus, which became Old French Clovis, Clouis, Louis, a name borne by many French kings.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Lois, Clovis, Loui, Louise, Luis, Boris, Buis, Loris, Bois, Bouie

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Louis Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Louis name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Louis. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


  • France


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Louis Family Origin

Where is the Louis family from?

Louis Family Occupations

What did your Louis ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Louis family was Agricultural Labourer. The most common Louis occupation in the UK was Labourer. 3% of Louis's were Labourers. Labourer, Licensed Victualler and Agent For English Foreign Pictures were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Louis.

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  • Labourer

  • Licensed Victualler

  • Agent For English Foreign Pictures

  • Agricultural Labourer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Louis ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Louis Historical Records

What Louis family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 172,000 census records available for the last name Louis. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Louis census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 32,000 immigration records available for the last name Louis. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 27,000 military records available for the last name Louis. For the veterans among your Louis ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Louis Life Expectancy

What is the average Louis lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Louis life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1973. The average life expectancy for Louis in 1946 was 53, and 69 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Louis ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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