- this week

Gender: Female Meaning of Louise: "renowned warrior" Origin of Louise: French and English, feminine variation of Louis Louise's Popularity in 2018: #800

The name Louise is a girl's name of French origin meaning "renowned warrior". Louise is ranked #800 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Vintage Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

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. Louise is one of many classic names newly fashionable as one of the trendy girls' names starting with L.

Find other names based on Louise using our baby name generator.

Famous People Named Louise

Pop Culture References for the name Louise

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

Louise's International Variations

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

16 names similar to Louise

These 16 names were selected by our users that were looking for other names like Louise. If you didn't find an alternative name that you like better than Louise, try our name generator. It allows you to go beyond the similarities of a name, which can provide a lot of inspiration!


EvaThyssen Says:


Louise and Louisa are gorgeous!

Kaylon O. Centres Says:


Louise is tough to pair with a middle name. I had a great-great aunt named Mary Louise who always went by Louise.

sELEAr Says:


This is the name of my favorite bottle calf! I miss her!

Jennette Says:


My name is Jennette and my siblings have always called me Nettie.

Miri Says:


Agreed. I love the name, and Louise Belcher!

briarblossom Says:


I think of Louise Belcher too! She added something to the name, an edge and liveliness.
Louisa has softer image.

cherrydubois Says:


Very common in the UK on people of all ages, not generally considered old-fashioned here.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I love both Louise and Louisa. I feel that Louise should be considered more as a first name, and not simply used as a middle name. Lou is cute.

Mikayla395 Says:


This is my oldest daughter's name! Around the family we call her Lou-Lou, but friends just call her Louise. It was my husband's grandmother's name, so it's a nice namesake :)

Yara Says:


This would seem like an old lady name if it wasn't for Louise Belcher.

MaryFiona Says:


This is my middle name. I was givin the middle name Louise, because my grandmothers middle name was Louise, and I always really liked that. For some reason the name Louise reminds me of a cat.

priviledgedpistachios Says:


I love this name so much! Louise and Louisa! If I had a Louise or Louisa, I'd nickname them Lou, Lulu or Izzy.

ThistleThorn Says:


This is so spunky and old fashioned. Maybe the spunkiness just comes from me thinking of Louise Belcher!

clairels Says:


The "oo" and "ee" sounds when put together sound like a W. It's hard not to pronounce it that way short of pausing altogether between the two syllables.

Kibby Says:


A girl I was friends with in highschool was named Louise, we called her Weezy and Weasel and she didn't mind at all.
My aunt is also a Louise, and her pet name is Weezy.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


It's a pity most people I know pronounce this name loo-WEEZ. It is loo-EES. There is no W or Z.

headintheclouds Says:


I like Louisa more than Louise, but Louise does have a bit more retro edge than the gentler, more vintage-sounding Louisa. I've been binge-watching Bob's Burgers on Netflix and now I associate Louise with the sassy enterprising youngest Belcher, reinforcing my image of this name!

Saffron_Rice Says:


Beautiful timeless classic name often given as a middle name but deserving its chance to shine as a first name.

LowSlash Says:


I'm not sure what it says about me that I only started falling for the name Louise after getting into Bob's Burgers; regardless, I love it now.

Elvie23 Says:


My grandmother's name is Nettie Lula and I always wanted to honor her in my baby's name. I'm considering Louise and calling her Lula, because though Nettie is cute I don't like nicknames as full names (always wished I had a more formal name to fall back on) and can't find a longer version of Nettie that I like.

britm18 Says:


Nothing but love and warmth for this name.

My grandmother's middle name is Louise and it's the name she has gone by her whole life. I've always known that if I had a baby girl, her middle name would be Louise. Luckily, my husband's grandmother also has Louise as a middle name, so it works for both sides of the family.

I wouldn't be opposed to it as a first name either and using "Lou" as the nickname.

Louise Says:


Hey. anyone who names their girl Louise then be proud as. It means Renowned Warrior. Those of u with Anglo Saxon blood? Go look it up. warmest wishes louise sharman xx