Gender: Masculine
Origin: Frankish
Meaning: “praised fighter.”

The name is derived from the old Frankish name Chlodevich which is composed of the elements, chlod (praise) and vech (fighter).

It is believed that Clovis is the proto-name of Louis.

The name was borne by Clovis I (466-511), the first king to unite all the Frankish tribes under one ruler. Three other Frankish kings bore the name after him.

Currently, Clovis is the 157th most popular male name in Quebec, Canada (2010) and the 223rd most popular in France, (2009).

Other forms of the name include:

  • Clodeveu (Aragonese/Catalan)
  • Klovis (Basque/Frisian)
  • C’hlodwig (Breton)
  • Hlodwig (Breton)
  • Klodvig (Croatian/Hungarian)
  • Chlodvík (Czech)
  • Clovis (Dutch/English/French)
  • Klodvig (Finnish/Norwegian)
  • Chlodwig (German/Polish)
  • Clodoveo (Italian/Spanish)
  • Chlodovechus (Latin)
  • Chlodvigas (Lithuanian)
  • Clodovèu (Occitanian)
  • Clóvis (Portuguese)
  • Klodevig (Scandinavian)
  • Cluduveu (Sicilian)

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