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Rembrandt, Timothy and his Grandmother, 1648
Meaninguncertain; allegedly "desirable, agreeable"
Other names
DerivedFrom the original Greek Λωΐς

Lois is a common English name from the New Testament. Paul the Apostle mentions Lois, the pious grandmother of Saint Timothy in the Second Epistle to Timothy (commending her for her faith in 2 Timothy 1:5). The name was first used by English Christians after the Protestant Reformation, and it was popular, particularly in North America, during the first half of the 20th century.

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In French, Loïs is a male name, as in the fictional comic strip adventures of Loïs Lorcey by Jacques Martin.[citation needed]

The name Loïs is derived from the name Louis, itself derived from Clovis which is derived from the Germanic root, Hlodowig, which can be interpreted in the sense of "glorious" or "illustrious fighter". Lois is thus related to this illustrious royal first name whose prestigious consonance remains intact to this day in France. Close names include Louys, Luis, Louis, Lorys, Lucio, Leonus, Louniss, Lyes, Clovis, Ludovic, Ludwig, Lovis, and Luigi.[citation needed]

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