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Gender: F Meaning of Louise: "renowned warrior" Origin of Louise: French and English, feminine variation of Louis

Louise has for several decades now been seen as competent, studious, and efficient -- desirable if not dramatic qualities. But now along with a raft of other 'L' names, as well as cousin Eloise, Louise is up for re-appreciation--sleek and chic, stylish in Paris and starting to become so in the U.S. as well. Louisa is perhaps more in tune with the times, but Louise has more edge.

Louise has been a royal name in several countries, including Denmark, Sweden, France and England: currently Queen Elizabeth has a granddaughter named Louise via her son Prince Edward. It is now the Number 2 name in Belgium and the 10th most popular name in France.

Among her most notable bearers: iconic film actress Louise Brooks and modern sculptors Louise Bourgeois and Louise Nevelson. Louise is the middle name of both Madonna and Meryl Streep, and Louise was the character played by Susan Sarandon in the feminist road movie Thelma and Louise.

And there's also a nature reference--the beautiful Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies.

Famous People Named Louise

Louise "Lou" Teasdale, British makeup artist
Louise de Kerouaille, Duchess of Portsmouth, mistress of King Charles II of Britain
Louise Le Brun, French painter
Louise Fitzhugh, American novelist
(Mary) Louise Brooks, American dancer and actress
Louise Bourgeois, French-American sculptor
Louise van der Vorst, Australian model
Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (born Luise Auguste Wilhelmine Amalie), Queen consort of Prussia
Louise of Hesse-Kassel (born Luise Wilhelmine Friederike Caroline Auguste Julie von Hessen-Kassel), Queen of Denmark
Mary Louise "Meryl" Streep, American actress
Louise Simonson (born Mary Louise Alexander), American comic book writer
Louise Lasser, American actress
Mary-Louise Parker, American actress
(Estelle) Louise Fletcher, American actress
(Marie) Louise of France, Duchess of Parma
Louise Caroline Alberta, Duchess of Argyll, daughter of Britain's Queen Victoria
Louise Jameson, English actress
Jenna-Louise Coleman, English actress
Louise Thompson, British reality TV personality ""Made In Chelsea""
Louise "Loo" Brealey, English actress and journalist
Louise Nevelson, American sculptor
Martha Louise, Princess of Norway
(Karen) Louise Erdrich, American novelist
Louise Gold, English singer, actress and puppeteer
Lady Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Windsor, granddaughter of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II
Sea Louise Bensimon, daughter of Kelly Killoren Bensimon and Gilles Bensimon
Louise Sophie Mary (b. 2004), Princess of Belgiumouille
Aretha Louise Franklin, American musician
Frankie Louise Thurston (b. 2013), daughter of Australian Rugby League player Jonathan Thurston
Louise Pentland, British vlogger

Pop Culture References for the name Louise

Song "Louise" by Maurice Chevalier ("Every little breeze seems to whisper Louise, birds in the trees seem to twitter Louise")
Louise Tate, character on TV's "Bewitched"
Louise Elizabeth Sawyer, character in movie "Thelma & Louise"
Louise Grant, character on TV's "Gilmore Girls"
Louise Belcher, character on animated series "Bob's Burgers"
Louise Miller, character in movie "Teen Witch"
Jean Louise (Scout) Finch, character in book/movie "To Kill a Mockingbird"
Shannon Louise "Lolly" Allen, character on Australian soap "Neighbours"
Louise from St. Louis, character on "Sex and the City"
Samantha Louise "Lou", main character on TV's "Heartland"

Loise, Lulie, Lulu, Loulou, Lou, Lu, Louisetta, Louisette

Louise's International Variations

Heloise, Louisiane, Aloyse, Eloise (French) Luise (German) Eloisa (Spanish)