Gender: Female Meaning of Lulu: "pearl" Origin of Lulu: Diminutive of Louise or Lucy, or Arabic

Lulu Origin and Meaning

The name Lulu is a girl's name of Arabic origin meaning "pearl".

Lula has a firecracker personality, a singing and dancing extrovert. Interesting that Lulu was a Top 100 name when the Social Security list was born in 1880, but it's been sliding ever since and has not been in the Top 1000 for decades. Modern parents in love with Lulu might well reverse that trend.

Lulu is the now grown daughter of musicians Edie Brickell and Paul Simon. In the Swinging London sixties, Lulu was a popular single-named Scottish singer--whose birth name was Marie.

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Pop Culture References for the name Lulu

Lulie, Lula, Loulou


xNameNerd Says:


I like this name, but it is very nickname-y to me. I can't see Lulu on a resume, so Elula, Louise, Lucy, Lucille would all work as full names.

OceanSky Says:


Why wouldn’t Layla be taken seriously? Unlike the other two names, it doesn’t sound like a nickname.

livialucille Says:


Google translate and other sources say Lulu is Swahili for "pearl".

Virtuosovelma Says:


To me, Lulu seems like a pet name. It would be a cute nickname on a little girl. But once she’s older, a Lulu won’t be taken seriously.

danirose01 Says:


I'm friends with someone named Lourdes who went by Lulu until she was almost 20. Now she's Lola.

Samsonite Says:


Cannot be used on a resume with the expectation that anyone will take it seriously. Same with Lala, Layla, etc.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I adore Lucille.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I love this name, particularly as a nickname. Lucy and variants are some of my favourites, and I love Louise and Louisa. Any of these would work as full names for Lulu. It totally works as an independent name, too. It's wonderful.

Lulu Says:


My nickname is Lulu but my real name is Olivia.. I still go by Lulu and I'm 16!

Yessica Says:


Grandma why were you named after a dog?

RoddyThlayli Says:


My family recently acquired a cow (we're borrowing her for now), who we named Lupin but call Lulu. All our cows have/have had flower names with not-flower nicknames: Poinsettia nn Setti, Honeysuckle nn Honey and Lupin nn Lulu. :)

vintageisfave Says:


I LOVE this as a nn, it's so cute! I would use the formal name Lucille.

grace147 Says:


I'm not sure I would name my daughter this. I associate this name with a girl who is very flighty and oblivious.

tracyseymour1 Says:


Great nickname... Sassy and spunky. I really like this name, but I would hesitate to use it as a "given" name...

indiefendi2 Says:


I would never use this as a real name. It's too flippant. But as a nickname it's awesome!

NaomiNY Says:


When writing Hetalia fanfiction, I use this as a nickname for Ludwig (Germany) when he gets reprimanded by his parents.

CocoWhite Says:


Better as a nickname than a full name.