French and English, feminine variation of Louis
"renowned warrior"

Louise Origin and Meaning

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

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 reappreciation—sleek and chic, stylish in Paris, and starting to become so in the US as well. Louisa is perhaps more in tune with the times, but Louise has more edge. Louise has been on the rise lately, and reentered the US Top 1000 for the first time in a quarter century in 2016.

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 has been a staple on the Top 10 lists in Belgium and France in recent years.

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. Louise is one of many classic names newly fashionable as one of the trendy girls' names starting with L.

# 586 in the US

Louise Rank in US Top 1000

# 164 on Nameberry

Louise Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Louise Popularity

Famous People Named Louise

  • Louise of MecklenburgStrelitz (born Luise Auguste Wilhelmine Amalie), Queen consort of Frederick William III of Prussia
  • Louise of HesseKassel (born Luise Wilhelmine Friederike Caroline Auguste Julie von Hessen,Kassel), Queen consort of Christian IX of Denmark
  • Louise of LorraineQueen consort of Henry III of France
  • Louise of Great BritainQueen consort of Frederick V of Denmark and Norway; daughter of George II
  • Louise Marie Thérèse Charlotte Isabelle of OrléansQueen consort of Leopold I of the Belgians
  • Louise of the Netherlands (born Wilhelmina Frederika Alexandrine Anna Louise)Queen consort of Charles XV of Sweden and IV of Norway
  • Louise Josephine Eugenie of SwedenQueen consort of Frederick VIII of Denmark
  • Louise of MecklenburgGüstrow, Queen consort of Frederick IV of Denmark and Norway
  • Louise Caroline Alberta of the United KingdomDuchess of Argyll, daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe,Coburg and Gotha
  • Louise Victoria Alexandra DagmarPrincess Royal, Duchess of Fife; daughter of Edward VII of the United Kingdom; granddaughter of Queen Victoria
  • Louise FarrencFrench composer, pianist, and teacher
  • Louise "Lou" TeasdaleBritish makeup artist
  • Louise de KerouailleDuchess of Portsmouth, mistress of King Charles II of England
  • Louise Le BrunFrench painter
  • Louise FitzhughAmerican novelist
  • (Mary) Louise BrooksAmerican dancer and actress
  • Louise BourgeoisFrench,American sculptor
  • Louise van der VorstAustralian model
  • Louise Simonson (born Mary Louise Alexander)American comic book writer
  • Louise LasserAmerican actress
  • (Estelle) Louise FletcherAmerican actress
  • (Marie) Louise of FranceDuchess of Parma
  • Louise JamesonEnglish actress
  • Louise LombardEnglish actress
  • Louise ThompsonBritish reality TV personality ""Made In Chelsea""
  • Louise "Loo" BrealeyEnglish actress and journalist
  • Louise NevelsonAmerican sculptor
  • (Karen) Louise ErdrichAmerican novelist
  • Louise GoldEnglish singer, actress and puppeteer
  • Louise Alexandra PentlandBritish beauty vlogger
  • Martha LouisePrincess of Norway, daughter of Harald V of Norway
  • Aretha Louise FranklinAmerican musician
  • Louise Goffindaughter of musicians Carole King and Gerry Goffin
  • Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary MountbattenWindsor (b. 2003), daughter of the Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex; granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II
  • Louise Sophie Mary (b. 2004)Princess of Belgiumouille
  • Louise Lynn HayAmerican motivational author and the founder of Hay House, she has authored several New Thought self,help books, including the 1984 book, You Can Heal Your Life
  • Louise Brownthe world's first human to be concieved via in vitro fertilization
  • Louise Canet (b. 2017)daughter of Marion Cotillard and Guillaume Canet.
  • Louise Postvocalist of Veruca Salt

Louise in Pop Culture

  • Louise Tatecharacter on TV's "Bewitched"
  • Louise Elizabeth Sawyercharacter in movie "Thelma & Louise"
  • Louise Grantcharacter on TV's "Gilmore Girls"
  • Louise Belchercharacter on animated series "Bob's Burgers"
  • Louise Millercharacter in movie "Teen Witch"
  • Jean Louise "Scout" Finchcharacter in book/movie "To Kill a Mockingbird"
  • Louise Goldufskicharacter on TV's "The Conners"
  • Shannon Louise "Lolly" Allencharacter on Australian soap "Neighbours"
  • Louise from St. Louischaracter in film "Sex and the City"
  • Samantha Louise "Lou" main character on TV's "Heartland"
  • Louise Jeffersoncharacter on TV's "The Jeffersons"
  • Louise "Lou" Friedmancharacter in movie "Blended"
  • Louise Mitchellcharacter on British soap opera “Eastenders”
  • "Liza and Louise" and "Louise" songs by punk band NOFX
  • "Visions of Johanna" a song by Bob Dylan contrasts two lovers, the carnal Louise, and "the more spiritual but unattainable" Johanna. Johanna and Louise are objects of desire and yearning. "It is their elusiveness and unreality that's the point."
  • "Hey Louise" song by Neil Diamond (Oh ma cherie, do you know my name?I remember yours and I know what you need / What you need my Louise)
  • "Louise" popular song (Every little breeze seems to whisper Louise / Birds in the trees twitter Louise / Each little rose tells me it knows I love you)
  • "Louise du Brésil" song by Liniker and the Caramelows
  • "Louise" song by Gers Pardoel
  • "Louise" song by Bonnie Raitt
  • "Cherokee Louise" song by Joni Mitchell
  • Louise Kendallcharacter in "My Cousin Rachel"
  • Louise Banksmain character in the film "Arrival"

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