Louis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Louis family

The surname Louis was first found in Lorraine, where the family has been a prominent family for centuries, and held a family seat with lands and manor. The family were well established in the region of Nancy and several members of the family distinguished themselves through their contributions toward the community in which they lived and were rewarded with lands, titles and letters patent confirming their nobility. They held estates in both Lorraine and Brittany but the earliest records are in Lorraine. They were nobility in Lorraine from 1578 to 1724.

Important Dates for the Louis family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Louis research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1629 and 1669 are included under the topic Early Louis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Louis Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Louis, Loys, Lews, Luys, Lewey, Lewie, Looie, Luyie, Louyey and many more.

Early Notables of the Louis family (pre 1700)

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Louis migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Louis Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jean Louis, who arrived in South Carolina in 1755 [1]
  • Adam Louis, who arrived in Charles Town, South Carolina in 1782 [1]
  • Andrew Louis, who landed in New York in 1798 [1]
Louis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Caroline Louis, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1805 [1]
  • Nicol Louis, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1805 [1]
  • I Louis, aged 44, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1829 [1]
  • Etienne Louis, who landed in New York, NY in 1835 [1]
  • John Philip Louis, aged 25, who arrived in Missouri in 1842 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Louis Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • E M Louis, who arrived in Pike County, Ind in 1900 [1]

Louis migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Louis Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Le Petit Louis, who landed in Montreal in 1666
Louis Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Thierry Louis, son of Jean and Anne, married Madeleine Cluseau, daughter of Jean and Anne, in Quebec on 24th November 1738 [2]
  • Louis Louis, who arrived in Montreal in 1747
  • François Louis, son of Antoine and Marguerite, married Marie-Françoise Bourdeau, daughter of Isaac and Marie-Françoise, in Chambly, Quebec on 1st July 1748 [2]
  • Jacques Louis, son of François and Thérèse, married Marie-Anne Bigeot, daughter of René and Marie-Anne, in Montreal, Quebec on 20th November 1758 [2]

Louis migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Louis Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Mary Louis, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Sebastopol" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th December 1861 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Louis (post 1700)

  • Murray Louis (1926-2016), American modern dancer and choreographer who created two works for Rudolph Nureyev
  • Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis -Dreyfus (1961-1989), American seven-time Emmy Award winning actress, comedienne and producer, best known for her work on the comedy series Seinfeld (1989-1998)
  • Morris Louis (1912-1962), American painter
  • Virgie L. Louis, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nebraska, 1996 [4]
  • Peretha Meredith Louis, American Republican politician, Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives from St. Louis City 10th District, 1964 [4]
  • John Jeffry Louis Jr. (1925-1995), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain, 1981-83 [4]
  • Mrs. John J. Louis, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1936 [4]
  • David R. Louis, American politician, Circuit Judge in Michigan 18th Circuit, 1954-59; Defeated, 1959 [4]
  • Joseph T. St. Louis, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Waterbury; Elected 1926 [5]
  • Carol St. Louis, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 2000 (alternate), 2004 [5]
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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