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Originally appearing in Volume V17, Page 28 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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LOUIS, or LEWIS (from the Frankish Chlodowich, Chlodwig, Latinized as Chlodowius, Lodhuwicus, Lodhuvicus, whence-in the Strassburg oath of 842-0. Fr. Lodhuwigs, then Chlovis, Loys and later Louis, whence Span. Luiz and—through the Angevin kings—Hungarian Ldjos; cf. Ger. Ludwig or Ludewig, from 0. H. Ger. Hluduwic, Hludwig, Ludhuwig, M. H. Ger. Ludewic; Ital. Lodovico), a masculine proper name, meaning" Fame-fight " or " Famous in fight," from old Frankish chlud, chlod (0. H. Ger. hlud, hlod), " fame," and wick (O. H. Ger. wit., wig, A.S. wig) " war," " battle " (cf. Gr. KXurroµaxos). The name has been borne by numerous European sovereigns and others, of whom some are noticed below in the following order: (I) Roman emperors and Frankish and German kings, (2) kings of Bavaria, (3) kings of France, (4) kings of Hungary, (5) kings of Naples, (6) Louis of Nassau. (Louis Philippe, king of the French, is dealt with separately.)
End of Article: LOUIS, or LEWIS (from the Frankish Chlodowich, Chlodwig, Latinized as Chlodowius, Lodhuwicus, Lodhuvicus, whence-in the Strassburg oath of 842-0. Fr. Lodhuwigs, then Chlovis, Loys and later Louis, whence Span. Luiz and—through the Angevin kings—Hungarian
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