Louis, a name fit for a prince – how popular is the name?

With the latest royal baby’s name announced, we take a look at the name, where it comes from, what it means and how popular it is

The new royal baby name: How popular is the name Louis?

Here at Bounty we’ve analysed hundreds of thousands of records to bring you the definitive guide on the UK parent’s own growing infatuation with the name Louis

Prince Louis Arthur Charles

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Prince William and Kate Middleton welcomed their third child into the world on Monday (23rd April) and Friday saw the announcement of the new prince’s name, who is fifth in line to the throne.

Prince Louis Arthur Charles was not the bookies favourite for the new prince’s name although Arthur had been a favourite and their choice of Charles is naturally to recognise his grandfather, Prince Charles.

The name Louis means means famous warrior and is the middle name of his older brother Prince George Alexander Louis and his father Prince William Arthur Philip Louis.

The name does not have a strong British royal pedigree, being more commonly associated with kings of France. But there is a significant family connection the British royals have with the name. The name Louis honours Louis Mountbatten, the Duke of Edinburgh's mentor who was killed by an IRA bomb in 1979. 

When we checked the thousands of names given to Bounty members own princes we found that Louis only just made it in the top 100 most popular names for boys as it only ranked in position 94. Seemingly the British public were more in love with the name Louis back in 2014 when it hit 74th position. The name Louis is also a natural choice (position 14) for popular sibling names that go with George and Charlotte.

we predict a rise in popularity of the name again now the youngest royal has been given the name.

Which area of the country is the name Louis most popular?

  • Louis is a popular choice of name in Kircaldy on the east coast of Scotland with 1 in 111 boys being named Louis.
  • On the south coast of England in Brighton & Hove, Louis is also popular with 1 in 122 boys born being given the name.
  • Oldham in the north of England doesn’t seem as taken with the name choice for a boy with only 1 in 1735 boys being named Louis.

Louis, a name fit for a prince – how popular is the name?