Heloise is an ancient name with an uncertain derivation. Is it related to Louise or not? Is Eloise a variation of it or vice versa? Most familiar to Americans as the author of Household Hints, Heloise is ready to reclaim its fashion status.
In the twelfth century, the name was borne by the beloved of the French philosopher Pierre Abelard, who was considered to be one of the most learned women of the Middle Ages.