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

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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.

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Famous People Named Louise

Louise Fitzhugh, American author
Louise Brooks, American dancer and actress
Louise van der Vorst, Australian model
Queen Louise of Prussia
Mary Louise, birth name of American actress Meryl Streep
Louise Lasser, American actress
Mary-Louise Parker, American actress
Lady Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Windsor, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II
Sea Louise Bensimon, daughter of Kelly Killoren Bensimon and Gilles Bensimon
Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll - daughter of Queen Victoria
Jenna-Louise Coleman, English actress
Louise Thompson, cast member of British reality show "Made In Chelsea"
Louise Pentland, British blogger
Louise "Loo" Brealey, English actress and journalist
Princess Martha Louise of Norway
Louise Edrich, writer
Princess Louise of Belgium
Louise Gold, English singer, actress and puppeteer

Pop Culture References for the Name Louise

Louise Tate, from the TV series "Bewitched"
Thelma and Louise - movie
Louise Grant, character from Gilmore Girls
Louise Belcher, character from animated series Bob's Burgers
Louise Miller, character in "Teen Witch"
Jean Louise (Scout) Finch, character from "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee
Shannon Louise "Lolly" Allen, character from Australian TV soap "Neighbours"

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

Louise's International Variations

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