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Gender: Female Meaning of Louisa: "renowned warrior" Origin of Louisa: Latinate feminine variation of Louis Louisa's Popularity in 2017: #752

The name Louisa is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "renowned warrior". Louisa is ranked #752 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Vintage Baby Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

Louisa, a quaint vintage name, is an example of the idea that these days, old-style girls’ names are more fashionable when they end with an a rather than with an e, as in Julie/Julia, Diane/Diana. So for the next generation, Louisa may rise again, especially with the growing popularity of other Lou/Lu-starting names, like Lucy and Luna. Louisa reentered the US Top 1000 in 2014 after a 45 year absence.

Very popular in the eighteenth century, Louisa was finally toppled at the end of the nineteenth by the French form Louise, which was a top name through the first quarter of the twentieth century.

Louisa has many literary associations, including Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women and Little Men; two Charles Dickens novels, Hard Times and Dombey & Sons; and two novels by Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion.

Louisa is a First Lady name, being the wife of President John Quincy Adams. One of Meryl Streep's daughters is named Louisa.

Some international variations: Luisa, Lovisa, Ludovica, and Luigia. Nicknames include Lou, Lu, Lulu, and Ouisa.

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Famous People Named Louisa

Louisa Ulrika of Prussia, Queen consort of Adolf Frederick of Sweden
Louisa Maria Teresa Stuart, disputed Princess Royal, daughter of King James II and VII of Great Britain
Louisa Anne, Princess of Great Britain; granddaughter of King George II; sister of George III
Louisa May Alcott, American novelist
Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams, U.S. First Lady as wife of President John Quincy Adams
Louisa Catherine Adams, daughter of John Quincy Adams
(Rachel) Louisa Krause, American actress
Louisa Johnson, English pop singer
Louisa Rose "Foxes" Allen, English singer
Louisa Connolly-Burnham, English actress
Louisa Claire Lytton, English actress
Louisa Necib, French footballer
Louisa Gummer, daughter of American actress Meryl Streep

Pop Culture References for the name Louisa

Louisa von Trapp, character in "The Sound of Music"
Louisa Norton, character in 1950 film "Louisa"
Louisa, main character in the book "Vietnam Farm"
Louisa Fenn, character on TV series Boston Public
Louisa "Ouiser" Boudreaux, character in play/film "Steel Magnolias"
Louisa Reed Conroy, character from "This Golden Land," by Barbara Wood
Louisa "Lou" Clark, main character in "Me Before You," by Jojo Moyes
Louisa Glasson, character on British TV show "Doc Martin"
Louisa, character in novel "The Nest" by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
"Louisa", song by Lord Huron

Lou, Lu

Louisa's International Variations

Lula, Luisina, Luisetta, Lulita, Luiza, Loyisa, Aluisa, Luisianna (Spanish) Luyiza, Lutza (Russian) Aloisa (German) Lovise (Norwegian) Lovisa (Swedish) Eloisia (Greek) Luisa (Polish)

Comments

Annie Says:

2018-07-25T01:52:39

This name was at the top of my list until one day something clicked and now all I hear is when I say it with my last name ... Louisa Berry. “Louie’s a berry.” It’s all I hear now and it makes me so sad because I adore this name. Am I crazy? Overthinking it?

bordercollie Says:

2017-05-21T23:25:33

I've always had a soft spot for sweet, charming Louisa, though I now prefer Louise. Louise is serious and down to earth, with more edge than Louisa. Both are pretty, just in different ways. I can see Louise aging better, but Louisa is just so lovely and whimsical.

Samsonite Says:

2017-03-24T18:30:38

I loved this name and its literary association (Alcott) until I read about how she was an unabashed racist against the Irish. Wrote a letter about it to a newspaper (google search and you can find easily). I know, I know: product of her time and all that, and no one will know this history but those who know it, but it just killed the pleasant association and name for me.

lu_brasil Says:

2016-12-12T01:14:20

Internet says: Louisa is a variation of Louis which came from Ludovicus, a Latinized form of Ludwig (which is German). I have a couple of name books and in all of them Louisa/ Luísa is listed as "Germanic origin". Hope it helped.

Sadie Says:

2016-10-17T19:01:31

This says the origin of Louisa is latin? I thought this was a variation on Louise, which I thought of as French or English. Any thoughts?

mibbler Says:

2016-08-02T16:12:26

This name took so long to grow on me but now that it has it's my absolute favourite. I love the literary associations - Louisa May Alcott will always hold a special place in my heart - and the fact that it's the perfect mix of classic but uncommon. I also love the nickname potential and the fact that it's a name a little girl can wear just as well as a grown woman.

I'm in my late twenties and likely still a few years away from having kids and I'm torn between wanting Louisa to become a little more popular and wanting it to stay exactly where it is. Having it be more popular would be nice so people my age stop looking at me like I'm crazy for even bringing it up (everyone quickly got on board with our friends' kids Violet and Adeline, which were "old lady names" just a few years ago), but I hope it stays uncommon enough so my hypothetical-future-daughter Louisa is still the only one on the block.

Thepandaprincess223 Says:

2016-07-13T05:47:35

Love this name from me before you

shelbynh Says:

2016-05-30T20:23:58

So sweet! Adore this!

cyoung325 Says:

2016-05-25T20:03:34

That's funny because I only like it pronounced with an S sound instead of a Z. To each their own I guess!

WiseBird39 Says:

2016-02-19T05:09:38

I love Louisa! It's just one of those names that has so much charm and character to it - and I love the nickname Isa.

EW314 Says:

2016-01-29T15:14:01

Love it. I came across my first little Louisa the other day and I was so impressed. It's classy, elegant and surprisingly rare, even here in the UK.

pamsatran Says:

2015-11-19T17:01:15

Louisa is a gorgeous classic name that has finally reached the Top 1000 this year! And deservedly so.

headintheclouds Says:

2015-09-15T04:18:48

One of the loveliest choices in vintage/classic names. Louisa is charming, feminine, fiery and spunky all rolled into one, + it also has a lovely empowering meaning. Lulu is a cute nickname, Lucy another possible NN and Louisa in its full form is beautiful. Louisa IMO is just timeless and you can't go wrong with it!

Catastroffy Says:

2015-09-09T14:54:32

I'm beginning to really like this name. It's quite a beauty.

claracooks Says:

2015-09-07T22:15:57

I really love this name, and I'm glad that a lot of people love it!

priviledgedpistachios Says:

2015-09-04T02:05:12

I love Louise!

priviledgedpistachios Says:

2015-08-18T20:04:29

Louisa is in my Top 5 girl's names! When I have kids, I want them to be on the vintage side. Some people say it's too girly, but I love it. I'd call her Lou, Lulu, Izzy or Louisa.

ElsaAnne Says:

2015-07-31T19:04:12

I've always loved this name, but somewhere recently I heard it pronounced Lou-eesa (like Lisa), and it turned me off, I prefer the Lou-eeza (like weeze) pronunciation.

beth Says:

2015-07-09T00:39:56

It's my daughter's name. She is 18 months old, I don't know any other children called Louisa, but every one compliments us on it. I couldn't think of a better name for her, adore it now as much as when we chose it :) x

mopcorn Says:

2015-05-17T09:31:45

try being a Louisa with asthma !

Daiseymae Says:

2015-05-08T14:43:28

I hate the "weezy" sound of it.

Daiseymae Says:

2015-05-08T14:42:58

I like the name Saffron.

Saffron_Rice Says:

2015-04-01T02:31:18

Lovely name. I'm a Louise named for an Ada Louisa who used Louisa in preference to Ada. Wish I'd adopted Louisa as my name (it was old-fashioned when I was born) but it's too late now!

jordalini Says:

2014-11-02T03:57:47

I think this name is really fun and classic all at the same time, and much better than Charlotte.

wonderfulweezy Says:

2014-10-28T16:47:03

My name is Louisa. It's a great name and I'm always complimented on it. I haven't met a Louisa but I have met one Luisa so it's pretty unique. Thanks Mom and Dad!

Eva Thyssen Says:

2014-09-23T01:44:14

Luisianna isn't the Spanish version of Louisa. It's just Luisa.
This is a nice name. It never gets old ^_^

Casilda Says:

2014-09-09T15:49:44

One of my favorite names! Louisa is a great alternative to the other Lu- names that are currently popular.

meyera4 Says:

2014-09-04T20:08:21

This is the name of the street I grew up on. I plan on using it for my daughter in the future as a tribute to my parents and my childhood!