Gender: Female Meaning of Lou: "renowned warrior" Origin of Lou: Short form of Louise

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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ThaliaMenninger Says:


My friend's mom is named Lou, and I have always thought it was so cool. I like the fact that it can be used for a boy or a girl, but I prefer it for a girl. I think it is much better as a stand-alone name. To me, the double-barreled first names like Mary Lou, etc., are too old-fashioned, in a corny sort of way. I know of at least one English woman named Lou (short for Louise), so maybe the "loo" homonym isn't a problem? We still name boys "john" in the US, after all. . . . . . ;)

SouthernPeach Says:


My friend has a dog named Avery Lou (g) and it's adorable!

Ablouben Says:


My grandmothers middle name is Lou, so my grandpa started calling me that after I was born because he says I look exactly like her. The name stuck and my family still calls me it. I love it and would definitely love to keep the name in the family!

Lwao22 Says:


Lou sounds nice. I honestly love it. About the loos in England....I dont know. I could try to pronounce it with a accent, and perhaps change the 'O' to an 'e', as in Leu. ??

Guest Says:


Absolutely Love this name for a girl! Unless you live in England pretty sure no one around here refers to a toilet as a Loo.

Giinkies Says:


I agree with Chloe, Lou on it's own sounds like someone is referring to a toilet. Maybe as a double barreled name it would work. Mary Lou or Lou Sulola like Heidi Klum sounds fine. Maybe even try Lula as a full name, another alternate Lulu sounds too nicknamey.

Guest Says:


I love it as a nickname but never as a full name or a middle name.

chloe Says:


honestly it would be cute if it didnt sound like toliet in england

MaryKathryn Says:


I love this name for a girl! It's so simple and cute!