Louis Vanderbilt in the US

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Meaning & Origins

(French) name, of Germanic (Frankish) origin, from hlōd ‘fame’ + wīg ‘war’. It was very common in French royal and noble families. Louis I (778–840) was the son of Charlemagne, who ruled as both King of France and Holy Roman Emperor. Altogether, the name was borne by sixteen kings of France up to the French Revolution, in which Louis XVI perished. Louis XIV, ‘the Sun King’ (1638–1715), reigned for seventy-two years (1643–1715), presiding in the middle part of his reign over a period of unparalleled French power and prosperity. In modern times Louis is also found in the English-speaking world (usually pronounced ‘loo-ee’). In Britain the Anglicized form Lewis is rather more common, whereas in America the reverse is true.
203rd in the U.S.
Dutch (Van der Bilt) and North German: topographic name for someone living by a low hill, from Middle Low German bulte ‘mound’, ‘low hill’. De Bilt is the name of an area just northeast of Utrecht.
15,260th in the U.S.

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