The first “Lois club” was formed in 1979 in Minnesota. Since then, more clubs have sprouted up in Minnesota, in other states, and in other countries (like England, Ireland, New Zealand and Norway).
Within the last few weeks I’ve read articles about two different Minnesota Lois clubs — the Twin Cities West club and the Winona club — and was struck by how little the members seem to like their shared first name.
In fact, commiseration seems to be one of the (unstated) purposes of Lois clubs:
The Lois Club is a group of women with a name-in-common, who meet four to five times a year for lunch. They enjoy the company of other women named Lois, who have suffered from the harassment of nicknames as children (i.e. Lo-ass, Lo-bottom) and the misspelling of their simple four-letter name such as Louis, Louise or Lewis.
Two Loises did have mildly positive things to say about their name:
- Lois Carlson of the Twin Cities West club said, “It was between Irma and Lois, and I’m glad they picked Lois.”
- Lois Kramer of the Winona chapter said she liked that Lois has an “s” at the end. “It’s kind of different, when your name ends in s.”
But Lois Johnson, 82, summed up the collective opinion pretty well when she said: “I just accept it. It’s not good, it’s not bad, it’s just a name.”
What are your thoughts on the name Lois? Would you give it to a baby born in 2016?