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#1 almargahi

Posted 04 May 2017 - 02:53 AM

Hi all,

I am new to this and I hope I find great information and answers.

I have seen a few posts about my topic but I wanted to start my own and tell you my story of naming my son.

My son is due in about a month and half (Late June), I have to name him after my father (Louis), but I truly like the spelling "Lewis" instead of "Louis", and I understand that they can be different names, but to be honest they can pronounced the same way and they mean the same thing.

My last name starts with S and ends with A.

We are thinking to give him a middle name as well, and these are the middle name suggestions:

Ethan
Abel
Jacob
Kane
Cain

What do you think? I am open to suggestions.

Thanks!!

Edited by almargahi, 04 May 2017 - 03:23 AM.


#2 kerilyntaryn

Posted 04 May 2017 - 06:18 AM

to truly name him after your dad I would spell it Louis - does your dad pronounce his Lou-ee?

Louis Cain

I think 1 syllable or 3 or more syllables would work best

Nathaniel
Benjamin
Mark
Joel
Heath
Jude
Alexander
Christopher
Dominic
Jonathan
John
Isaiah
Josiah
Joshua
Jeremiah
Gabriel
Raphael
Zachariah
Theodore

#3 Fluer

Posted 04 May 2017 - 06:31 AM

Lewis, pronounced Loo-Iss, would run into the S from your surname. Louis, pronounced Loo-ee would sound better.

Can you name the baby something similar to Louis/Lewis like

Luke
Luca

Or use Louis/Lewis as a middle name?

#4 Displayanome

Posted 04 May 2017 - 06:32 AM

Louis Jacob. :wub:

I think you might regret not spelling it the same as your Dad's name. In years to come when your son is doing a family tree assignment it will be like, I sort of named you after your granddad, but not really as I thought this spelling looked cooler.

Edited by Displayanome, 04 May 2017 - 06:33 AM.


#5 alchetta

Posted 04 May 2017 - 06:58 AM

I always think Louis is pronounced Louie so for pronunciation sake I think Lewis would be clearer. That said, I think the way a name looks makes it a completely different name and I much prefer Louis. I have friends with a Louis pronounced Lewis but as they use Louie as a nickname it doesn't matter if I can't remember to pronounce the s!

#6 little lion

Posted 04 May 2017 - 08:01 AM

How does your dad pronounce his name?
Abel is an interesting choice.

Honestly I'd name him something like Jacob Louis S.... so he's technically named after his dad but the pronunciation isn't so important with a middle name. I don't like the S sound of Lewis running into the S of your surname.

#7 Therese

Posted 04 May 2017 - 08:07 AM

I have moved this to the baby names forum for you.

#8 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 04 May 2017 - 08:28 AM

Louis x 100 (Lou-ee better pronunciation too).

I absolutely hate Lewis look and sound.

The S ending running into S of surname is not good either.

#9 Displayanome

Posted 04 May 2017 - 08:50 AM

I love the sound of Lewis. thinking Ben Mendelsohn Love My Way :wub:

#10 Plaxy

Posted 04 May 2017 - 08:56 AM

If you are going to pronounce it with the s ending, then spell it Lewis. If pronounced Lou-ee then spell it Louis.

Both are great names. Not ideal with a surname beginning with S, but that's fine if you don't mind it.

I'm a little concerned with your phrase 'I have to name him after my father'. Do you not want to?

I like Lewis Jacob best from your list. I like KT's suggestions of Nathaniel, Alexander, Christopher, Raphael and Dominic with Lewis.

Another option is to put either Louis or Lewis in the middle and choose another name for the first.

Edited by Plaxy, 04 May 2017 - 08:59 AM.


#11 Astrocyte

Posted 04 May 2017 - 09:23 AM

I pronounce Lewis as Loo-Iss and Louis as Loo-Ee. So the spelling you use depends on the pronunciation you want it to be. I think Louis goes better with your surname beginning with 'S'. Louis Jacob is lovely.

Do you have to use your fathers name as the first name for your son? Could you use it as a middle name instead and choose something you love for his first name?

#12 RSA

Posted 04 May 2017 - 09:34 AM

I'd always pronounce Louis as Lou-ee. The three kids I teach with that spelling pronounce it that way too.

I'd either use it as a middle name or change the spelling to Lewis.

#13 seayork2002

Posted 04 May 2017 - 09:46 AM

View PostRSA, on 04 May 2017 - 09:34 AM, said:

I'd always pronounce Louis as Lou-ee. The three kids I teach with that spelling pronounce it that way too.

I'd either use it as a middle name or change the spelling to Lewis.

This is what I was thinking

#14 somila

Posted 04 May 2017 - 10:06 AM

Lewis is less confusing if you want that pronunciation.

#15 carls888

Posted 04 May 2017 - 10:14 AM

Louis Abel.

#16 Gudrun

Posted 04 May 2017 - 10:55 AM

This a dilemma.  My first question is also how does your father pronounce it?

To use the English/Welsh Lewis wouldn't be using his name. And I guess if he pronounces it like Americans do then to pronounce it the classic French way would also be a bit strange.

I think Louis Jacob is the best combination.

Jacob Louis (which might be a way out of the dilemma) goes really well too if that's a possibility.

I would opt for one of these in your circumstance. But obviously what's acceptable would be up to the family's sensibilities.

If it wasn't after someone I would choose the French Louis. Lewis is good too but runs into the surname.  Louis pronounced the American way would matter less in the middle.

Edited by Gudrun, 04 May 2017 - 11:09 AM.


#17 majirlo

Posted 04 May 2017 - 12:59 PM

They can be pronounced the same way but I if you want to name him after your father, I would use Louis and pronounce it the same way he does but I would definitely use it as a middle name and choose something you love for his first name.
From your list I like Ethan Louis S... and Kane Louis S...

#18 my3cubs

Posted 04 May 2017 - 01:48 PM

I think Louis looks so much nicer...

#19 Flutterflee

Posted 04 May 2017 - 09:10 PM

I prefer the look of Louis. I have this name on our list (pronounced Loo-ee) but I'm concerned it will be mispronounced all the time

#20 Tender Heart

Posted 04 May 2017 - 09:15 PM

View PostRSA, on 04 May 2017 - 09:34 AM, said:

I'd always pronounce Louis as Lou-ee. The three kids I teach with that spelling pronounce it that way too.

The two children I know with the name both have the spelling as Louis and both are pronounced Loo-iss.  They are frequently called Louie as a nickname though.

I prefer the spelling of Louis either way you pronounce it.

#21 almargahi

Posted 05 May 2017 - 06:15 AM

Thank you all for replying, I appreciate it!! So, mt father's name was pronounced Loo-Is but was spelled "Louis". My father passed away very long time ago when I was a baby. I guess I could use his name as a middle name and choose a first name like Jacob and/or Ethan.

Question, doesn't Lewis sound like American-ish? and Louis as French or Spanish (close to Luis)?

Thank you all again!!

#22 kerilyntaryn

Posted 05 May 2017 - 06:19 AM

Lewis is also very English/Australian and Louis - Lou-ee very French/Spanish

#23 almargahi

Posted 05 May 2017 - 06:50 AM

View Postkerilyntaryn, on 05 May 2017 - 06:19 AM, said:

Lewis is also very English/Australian and Louis - Lou-ee very French/Spanish

Kind of what I thought, thanks!

#24 almargahi

Posted 05 May 2017 - 06:52 AM

View Postkerilyntaryn, on 04 May 2017 - 06:18 AM, said:

to truly name him after your dad I would spell it Louis - does your dad pronounce his Lou-ee?

Louis Cain

I think 1 syllable or 3 or more syllables would work best

Nathaniel
Benjamin
Mark
Joel
Heath
Jude
Alexander
Christopher
Dominic
Jonathan
John
Isaiah
Josiah
Joshua
Jeremiah
Gabriel
Raphael
Zachariah
Theodore

My dad's name was pronounced Loo-Is - He passed away long time ago, hence I want to name my son after him.

#25 almargahi

Posted 05 May 2017 - 06:53 AM

View PostTherese, on 04 May 2017 - 08:07 AM, said:

I have moved this to the baby names forum for you.

Thank you!, I tried to post on there but I was having a hard time.




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