Short form of Louise
"renowned warrior"

Lou Origin and Meaning

The name Lou is a girl's name of French origin meaning "renowned warrior".

Lou is usually a short form of Louise, Louisa, or Lucy in English-speaking countries, when Lou is used for girls at all. But in France and Germany, it's a fashionable choice all on its own, sure to gain even more widespread style credibility since Heidi Klum and Seal chose it for their daughter.

At one time Lou was pervasive as a girl's middle name (Mary Lou, Betty Lou), and seems to be making something of a comeback--Louis C.K. has a Mary Lou and Keri Russell named her daughter Willa Lou.

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Famous People Named Lou

  • Lou Henry HooverUS First Lady as wife of President Herbert Hoover
  • Louise "Lou" HoffnerGerman pop singer
  • Louise "Lou" AndreasSalomé, Russian psychoanalyst
  • Louise "Lou" TeasdaleEnglish hair and makeup artist
  • Lou Ann BartonAmerican singer
  • Lou Ann WalkerAmerican memoirist
  • Mary Lou RettonAmerican gymnast
  • MaryLou Daniels, American tennis player
  • Mary Lou KolbenschlagAmerican actress
  • Betty Lou GersonAmerican actress
  • Betty Lou BredemusAmerican actress; mother of actress Julia Roberts
  • Betty Lou HollandAmerican actress
  • Betty Lou KeimAmerican actress
  • Amy Lou AdamsAmerican actress
  • Lou Doillon (b. 1982) French model and singer; daughter of model Jane Birkin
  • Lou Sulola Samuel (b. 2009)daughter of model Heidi Klum and singer Seal
  • Willa Lou Deary (b. 2011)daughter of actress Keri Russell
  • Bowie Lou Bellour (b. 2014)daughter of designer Rebecca Minkoff and Gavin Bellour

Lou in Pop Culture

  • Lou Ellencharacter in "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series
  • LouAnn Poovey, character on TV's "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C."
  • Lou Ann Ruizcharacter in the novel "The Bean Trees" by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Louise Ada "Lou" Bealecharacter on British soap opera EastEnders
  • Loucharacter on TV's "Bunk'd"
  • Lou Flemingcharacter in the "Heartland" series by Lauren Brooke
  • Louise "Lou" Friedmancharacter in movie "Blended"
  • "Lou!" French comic book series and its main character
  • Cindy Lou Whocharacter in Dr Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!"
  • "Skip to My Lou"popular children's song
  • Louise "Lou" Jacksoncharacter in TV show Love My Way
  • Louisa "Lou" ClarkMain character in "Me Before You" by JoJo Moyes
  • Lou Millercharacter in "Ocean's 8"