Louise

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Gender: F Meaning of Louise: "renowned warrior" Origin of Louise: French and English, feminine variation of Louis Louise's Popularity in 2016: #897

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.

Famous People Named Louise

Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (born Luise Auguste Wilhelmine Amalie), Queen consort of Frederick William III of Prussia
Louise of Hesse-Kassel (born Luise Wilhelmine Friederike Caroline Auguste Julie von Hessen-Kassel), Queen consort of Christian IX of Denmark
Louise of Lorraine, Queen consort of Henry III of France
Louise of Great Britain, Queen consort of Frederick V of Denmark and Norway; daughter of George II
Louise Marie Thérèse Charlotte Isabelle of Orléans, Queen 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 Sweden, Queen consort of Frederick VIII of Denmark
Louise of Mecklenburg-Güstrow, Queen consort of Frederick IV of Denmark and Norway
Louise Caroline Alberta, Duchess of Argyll, daughter of Britain's Queen Victoria
Louise Victoria Alexandra Dagmar, Princess Royal, Duchess of Fife; daughter of Britain's Edward VII
Louise Farrenc, French composer, pianist, and teacher
Louise "Lou" Teasdale, British makeup artist
Louise de Kerouaille, Duchess of Portsmouth, mistress of King Charles II of Britain
Louise Le Brun, French painter
Louise Fitzhugh, American novelist
(Mary) Louise Brooks, American dancer and actress
Louise Bourgeois, French-American sculptor
Louise van der Vorst, Australian model
Mary Louise "Meryl" Streep, American actress
Louise Simonson (born Mary Louise Alexander), American comic book writer
Louise Lasser, American actress
Mary-Louise Parker, American actress
(Estelle) Louise Fletcher, American actress
(Marie) Louise of France, Duchess of Parma
Louise Jameson, English actress
Jenna-Louise Coleman, English actress
Louise Lombard, English actress
Louise Thompson, British reality TV personality ""Made In Chelsea""
Louise "Loo" Brealey, English actress and journalist
Louise Nevelson, American sculptor
(Karen) Louise Erdrich, American novelist
Louise Gold, English singer, actress and puppeteer
Louise Alexandra Pentland, British beauty vlogger
Martha Louise, Princess of Norway
Aretha Louise Franklin, American musician
Louise Goffin, daughter of musicians Carole King and Gerry Goffin
Lady Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Windsor (b. 2003), daughter of the Earl of Wessex; granddaughter of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II
Louise Sophie Mary (b. 2004), Princess of Belgiumouille
Sea Louise Bensimon, daughter of reality TV personality Kelly Killoren Bensimon and Gilles Bensimon
Frankie Louise Thurston (b. 2013), daughter of rugby league player Jonathan Thurston
Louise Lynn Hay, American 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 Brown, the world's first human to be concieved via in vitro fertilization
Louise Canet (b. 2017), daughter of Marion Cotillard and Guillaume Canet.

Pop Culture References for the name Louise

Louise Tate, character on TV's "Bewitched"
Louise Elizabeth Sawyer, character in movie "Thelma & Louise"
Louise Grant, character on TV's "Gilmore Girls"
Louise Belcher, character on animated series "Bob's Burgers"
Louise Miller, character in movie "Teen Witch"
Jean Louise "Scout" Finch, character in book/movie "To Kill a Mockingbird"
Shannon Louise "Lolly" Allen, character on Australian soap "Neighbours"
Louise from St. Louis, character in film "Sex and the City"
Samantha Louise "Lou," main character on TV's "Heartland"
Louise Jefferson, character on TV's "The Jeffersons"
Louise "Lou" Friedman, character in movie "Blended"
"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 Kendall, character in "My Cousin Rachel"
Louise Banks, main character in the film "Arrival"

Loise, Lulie, Lulu, Loulou, Lou, Lu, Louisetta, Louisette

Louise's International Variations

Heloise, Louisiane, Aloyse, Eloise (French) Luise (German) Eloisa (Spanish)