Gender: Female Pronunciation: LURE-days Meaning of Lourdes: "craggy slope" Origin of Lourdes: Basque

Lourdes Origin and Meaning

The name Lourdes is a girl's name of Basque origin meaning "craggy slope".

This name of the French town where a young peasant girl had a vision of the Virgin Mary in 1858 vaulted into the spotlight when Madonna chose it for her daughter, but few other families except for devout Roman Catholics have followed her lead (any more than they've used Rocco for their sons).

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Famous People Named Lourdes

Pop Culture References for the name Lourdes

Lourdette, Lordes

Lourdes's International Variations

Lurdes, Lourdecita, Lourdetta (Spanish)


greenqueen Says:


This cracks me up because the French word for heavy is pronounced the same as Lourdes in French. So you were more right than you even knew!

Netta5187 Says:


Lords or Lure-Des, it doesn't matter how you choose to pronounce. It's beautiful either way!

indiefendi2 Says:


I like the Spanish pronunciation much more. the French pronunciation makes it sounds heavy as heck.

evolare Says:


beautiful name!

TeeJay Says:


My significant other's first name is
Lourdes. And it's pronounced, Lords,
not Lore des.

Though a great deal of Spanish, Mexicans, Latinos and Hispanics name their daughter Lourdes; and pronounce it in Spanish as: Lore des. It's also a name of a city in France, where according to Catholic belief, an aberration of the Blessed Virgin Mary had appeared on three separate ocassions to three children. But only one of the children, a girl, was the only one who had actually seen, heard and spoken to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

At first, her church pastor did not believe her. But eventually, he and other church leaders did. Especially with what she was able to tell them.

In her young adult life, she dedicated herself to the Carholic Faith, by becoming a nun.

My significant other's family gave her the nickname of "Louie", ever since she was a child. Personally, I refrain from calling her "Louie". It simply comes across too masculine to me.

I do like the nickname, Lola. But she has a niece with the nickname of,
"Lila". I certainly wouldn't want to be
"accused" of causing any friction within her family for choosing a nickname too closely familiar to that of her niece.

Her family will continue referring to her as "Louie" (or "Lou"). And I'll just stick to referring to her by her formal name of
Lourdes. (Pronounced as: "Lords")

Guest Says:


Even though I'm not Catholic I think this is such a pretty name. And like Lourdes Leon you can call her Lola! Or you can call her Des or Lorde.