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Gender: F Meaning of Louisa: "renowned warrior" Origin of Louisa: Latinate feminine variation of Louis Louisa's Popularity in 2016: #826

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 and has been rising since.

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.

Famous People Named Louisa

Louisa May Alcott, American novelist
Louisa Catherine Adams, First Lady of the United States (1825-1829)
Louisa Catherine Adams (1811-1812), daughter of John Quincy Adams
Louisa Krause, American actress
Louisa Rose "Foxes" Allen, English singer
Louisa Connolly-Burnham, actress
Louisa Necib, French soccer player
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, 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

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)