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Gender: Female Meaning of Louise: "renowned warrior" Origin of Louise: French and English, feminine variation of Louis Louise's Popularity in 2017: #805

The name Louise is a girl's name of French origin meaning "renowned warrior". Louise is ranked #805 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Middle Names for Girls 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.

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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 of the United Kingdom, Duchess of Argyll, daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Louise Victoria Alexandra Dagmar, Princess Royal, Duchess of Fife; daughter of Edward VII of the United Kingdom; granddaughter of Queen Victoria
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 England
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
Louise Simonson (born Mary Louise Alexander), American comic book writer
Louise Lasser, American actress
(Estelle) Louise Fletcher, American actress
(Marie) Louise of France, Duchess of Parma
Louise Jameson, 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, daughter of Harald V of Norway
Aretha Louise Franklin, American musician
Louise Goffin, daughter of musicians Carole King and Gerry Goffin
Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor (b. 2003), daughter of the Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex; granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II
Louise Sophie Mary (b. 2004), Princess of Belgiumouille
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.
Louise Post, vocalist of Veruca Salt

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)


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