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

The name Lou is a girl's name of French origin meaning "renowned warrior". Lou and is often added to lists like Middle Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Heaven / Hell / Purgatory Girls".

From the experts:

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 Hoover, US First Lady as wife of President Herbert Hoover
Louise "Lou" Hoffner, German pop singer
Louise "Lou" Andreas-Salomé, Russian psychoanalyst
Louise "Lou" Teasdale, English hair and makeup artist
Lou Ann Barton, American singer
Lou Ann Walker, American memoirist
Mary Lou Retton, American gymnast
Mary-Lou Daniels, American tennis player
Mary Lou Kolbenschlag, American actress
Betty Lou Gerson, American actress
Betty Lou Bredemus, American actress; mother of actress Julia Roberts
Betty Lou Holland, American actress
Betty Lou Keim, American actress
Amy Lou Adams, American 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

Pop Culture References for the name Lou

Lou Ellen, character in "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series
Lou-Ann Poovey, character on TV's "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C."
Lou Ann Ruiz, character in the novel "The Bean Trees" by Barbara Kingsolver
Louise Ada "Lou" Beale, character on British soap opera EastEnders
Lou, character on TV's "Bunk'd"
Lou Fleming, character in the "Heartland" series by Lauren Brooke
Louise "Lou" Friedman, character in movie "Blended"
"Lou!" French comic book series and its main character
Cindy Lou Who, character in Dr Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!"
Skip to My Lou, popular children's song
Loo, British word for toilet
Louise "Lou" Jackson, character in TV show Love My Way
Louisa "Lou" Clark, Main character in "Me Before You" by JoJo Moyes
Lou Miller, played by Cate Blanchett's in the film "Ocean's 8" (go watch it, it's really good :)