American Names · Classic, Old, and Traditional Names


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Happy International Louie Louie Day!  “Louie Louie” is a famous rock song that was written in 1955 by Richard Berry (1935-1997), whose birthday was today, April 11th.  The Kingsmen recorded the best-known version of the song in 1963.  The FBI actually investigated their cover because people thought it had dirty lyrics, but the singing is so hard to understand that nothing ever came of that.  It did become a pop culture standard, though; it’s appeared in many movies, including Animal House (1978).

The name Louie is primarily a nickname for Louis, though it can also serve as a phonetic spelling for parents who prefer the French pronunciation over the English.  Louie returned to the American top 1000 in 2015 after an absence of over 20 years; his current/2016 rank is #916, representing 233 boys.  7 girls were also named Louie, which can reflect both its rising popularity among boys and the recent returns of Louise and Louisa to the top 1000.  Louis is slowly rising again, too.

What do you think of the name Louie?  Do you prefer it as a nickname, or do you like it by itself?  And how do you like the song?

2 thoughts on “Louie

  1. I’ve never heard of the song, but I love Louie! I prefer the Louis spelling (generally pronounced the same over here), but sadly it’s rather more popular than I’d like. A very sweet, soft, sensitive but solid sort of name, I’ve always thought.

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