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 in Portuguese and Galician, Lluís in Aragonese and Catalan, while Luiz is archaic in Portugal, but common in Brazil.


The Germanic name Chlodowig is usually said to be composed of the words for "fame" and "warrior" and hence may be translated to famous warrior or "famous in battle". According to Dutch onomatologists however, it is more likely that the first stem was lod-, meaning fame, which would give the meaning 'warrior for the gods' for the full name.
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 contributed much to the popularity of the name.

Given name

Royalty of Portugal