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

The name Lulu is a girl's name of Arabic origin meaning "pearl". Lulu and is often added to lists like Badass Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Pick 5 (GIRLS)".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Lulu

Lulu (born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie), Scottish pop singer
Lucinda Jane "Lulu" Guinness, British socialite and designer
Lauren Marie-Elizabeth "Lulu" Antariksa, American actress
Lulu Belle (born Myrtle Eleanor Cooper), American country music singer of duo Lulu Belle and Scotty
Lulu James, British soul singer
Lulu Kennedy, British fashion designer
Luyando "Lulu" Haangala, Zambian TV personality
Lulu Wang, Chinese-Dutch novelist
Zhou Lulu, Chinese weightlifter
Lulu Glaser, American actress and singer
Lulu White, American madam
Lulu Johnson, American reality TV personality; daughter of designer Betsey Johnson
Lulu Simon, daughter of musicians Paul Simon and Edie Brickell
Luella Jane "Lulu" West (b. 2006), daughter of Christian singer-songwriter Matthew West
Lulu Augustine Alloy (b. 2009), daughter of YouTuber Karen Alloy
Lulu Gray Rosenberg (b. 2018), daughter of American actress Haylie Duff and Matt Rosenberg

Pop Culture References for the name Lulu

Little Lulu, comic book character
"Lulu," opera by Alban Berg and its main character, a former street urchin
Lulu, bear on TV's "Bananas in Pajamas."
Lulu Spencer, character on American soap "General Hospital"
Lulu, baby in movie "Waitress"
Lulu, supporting character in video game "Final Fantasy X"
Lulu aka Lelouch Lamperouge, character in anime Code Geass
Lulu Teruno aka Tellu, one of the Death Busters in the Sailor Moon series
Lulu, character on TV's "Gilmore Girls"
Lulu Forchette, character from "This Golden Land," by Barbara Wood
Lulu, character in video game "League of Legends"
Lulu, character on TV's "True Jackson VP"
"Lulu on the Bridge," 1998 film
Lulu, a publishing company

Lulie, Lula, Loulou


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.