The name Lois ranked 91st in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
This name is highly rated in the 1990 U.S. Census popularity survey of all ages, but after 1960 does not appear in the state data listing the most popular baby names.
The meaning of this name is uncertain, though authorities agree it has nothing to do with Germanic-derived Louise.
According to Christian scriptures, Lois was the grandmother of Paul's companion Timothy. Paul commends her (and her daughter Eunice, Timothy's mother) for devout Christianity; as grandparent to one of the religion's first missionaries, she must have been among the first to accept the new faith.
In American pop culture, Lois Lane is the fictional friend of mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent, never suspecting he is the alter ego of the stupendous Superman. Superman the comic strip debuted in 1938, and the story of Lois and Clark has been carried on in print, film and television ever since.