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Gender: F Meaning of Louisa: "renowned warrior" Origin of Louisa: Latinate feminine variation of Louis

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Louisa, a quaint vintage name, is an example of the idea that these days, old-style girls' names are more fashionable when they end with an a rather than with e, as in Julie/Julia, Diane/Diana. Another plus: the Louisa May Alcott reference. So for the next generation, Louisa may rise again, especially with the growing popularity of other Lou/Lu-starting names, like Lucy and Luna.

Very popular in the eighteeth century, Louisa was finally toppled at the end of the nineteenth by the French form Louise, which was a top name through the first quarter of the twentieth century.

Louisa has many literary associations, including two Dickens novels--Hard Times and Dombey & Sons, and two by Jane Austen--Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion.

Louisa is a First Lady name, being the wife of President John Quincy Adams, one of Meryl Streep's daughters is named Louisa.

Some international variations: Luisa, Lovisa, Ludovica, Luigia; nickname:s Lou, Lu, Lulu and Ouisa.

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Famous People Named Louisa

Louisa May Alcott, American novelist
Louisa Catherine Adams, First Lady of the United States (1825-1829)
Louisa Catherine Adams (1811-1812), daughter of John Quincy Adams
Louisa Gummer, daughter of American actress Meryl Streep
Louisa Krause, American actress
Louisa Rose "Foxes" Allen, English singer
Louisa Connolly-Burnham, Actress
Louisa Necib, French soccer player

Pop Culture References for the Name Louisa

Louisa, one of the seven Von Trapp children in "The Sound of Music"
Louisa, Protagonist in the book "Vietnam Farm"
Louisa Fenn, character on TV series Boston Public
Louisa "Ouiser" Boudreaux, character in Steel Magnolias

Lou, Lu

Louisa's International Variations

Aloisa (German) Eloisia (Greek) Lovise (Norwegian) Luisa (Polish) Luyiza, Lutza (Russian) Lula, Luisina, Luisetta, Lulita, Luiza, Loyisa, Aluisa, Luisianna (Spanish) Lovisa (Swedish)