Gender: Female Meaning of Tallulah: "lady of abundance, or leaping water" Origin of Tallulah: Irish, Anglicized variation of Tuilelaith, or Choctaw

Tallulah Origin and Meaning

The name Tallulah is a girl's name of Irish, Native American origin meaning "lady of abundance, or leaping water".

As memories of the outragrous actress Talullah Bankhead have faded, this hauntingly euphonious Choctaw name has re-entered the public domain. A modern hipster favorite, it's been chosen for their daughters by Philip Seymour Hoffman, Patrick Dempsey, Damian Dash, Rachel Roy and Sara Rue, trail-blazed by Demi Moore and Bruce Willis for their now grown daughter. (Trivia tidbit: Bankhead's namesake was her paternal grandmother who, in turn, was named after the Georgia town of Tallulah Falls.)

When spelled Tallula, as rocker Simon Le Bon did for his daughter, it is also a traditional Irish name that was borne by two saints.

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Famous People Named Tallulah

Pop Culture References for the name Tallulah

Tallie, Tally, Lula, Talula, Lulu, Tali, Talley, Talli, Tallula, Talulla


kbuttrum Says:


Agreed! I love it too

Miriam2468 Says:


I LOVE this name! I love how it's so different. I would totally name my child this in the future!

Miriam2468 Says:


Do you realize your stereotyping by saying that?

Miriam2468 Says:


No it's actually not. And I think you should respect this person's opinions. I respect the fact that you don't like this name and I respect the fact that you think the comment is funny, but you should respect the fact that this other person thinks differently

The Complaint Department Says:


yes it is.

The Complaint Department Says:


I see it on a caricature of an Aunt Jemima-type stereotyped maid.

The Complaint Department Says:


It's an ugly name. It doesn't conjure up a vision of a cute little girl at all. Tah-LOO-lah. Not good. Keep looking.

Misstwinkle74 Says:


I love this name so much I named 1 of my daughters Tallulah Mae. If the meaning 'leaping water' is true then her name fits her personality, she loves everything to do with water and swims like a fish,( she's 8 years old)

Tallulah_Luna Says:



Tallulah_Luna Says:


I don't think celebrities made it popular...also, I'm a person and I think the name suits me.

Tallulah_Luna Says:


I've never seen it on nameberry, besides here...

Tallulah_Luna Says:


I find your comment to be extremely hurtful, considering Tallulah is my name. Please do not make rude stereotypes about a name. Also, it's not funny.

Tallulah_Luna Says:


Why post something rude about a name and not even have a reason you hate it? Seems pointless to me.

LilRedCorvette022 Says:


I love Tallulah Bankhead as well and would totally consider using this name for a future daughter. :)

paulapuddephatt Says:


So beautiful

danirose01 Says:


I love this name and all of its associations... I'm Native American and Irish so it fits both, Bugsy Malone was a great play, and I find the long-deceased Tallulah Bankhead witty and hilarious (I would not consider her a bad namesake at all by the way!) Plus, Tallulah Tallulah Tallulah, say it, it's a lot of fun. 10/10 would use

JossieChris Says:


Jodie Foster put her stamp on this name decades ago. Bugsy Malone is a childhood fav. Everyone knows one now and they are all apparently adorable girls. Bolds well for future Lula's of the world.
My name is Tallulah
My first rule of thumb
I don't say where I'm going
Or where I'm coming from
I try to leave a little reputation behind me
So if you really need to
You'll know how to find me

Jo Jo Says:


I agree. What a perfect sibset!

VelvetEar Says:


No need to be rude.

Hydra Says:


Yeah,and she was an adorable little Boston Terrier. But its okay,that was a long time ago,and I've made peace with her death.

CaggieMcMasters Says:


totally agree

CaggieMcMasters Says:


NO what?

CaggieMcMasters Says:


Is your dog dead? Sorry for his or her passing.

CaggieMcMasters Says:


What's wrong with giving your kid healthy food and doing yoga? You think television and Doritos are better? Check yourself, buddy.

CaggieMcMasters Says:


Congratulations. :)

CaggieMcMasters Says:


You are the mother of the child. Do what you want.

CaggieMcMasters Says:


It's beautiful on a little girl; I know little girls named this and I find your post insulting.

CaggieMcMasters Says:


Maybe you have bad taste?

CaggieMcMasters Says:


I know two girls named this and they are adorable; full of personality- it's a great name!

CaggieMcMasters Says:


so cute

beachbear Says:


This name sounds very dated to me... Not like hipster. Stale. The kind of name that conjures images of washed-up celebrities and trailer park bumpkins.

disqus_xPdW38ZU8A Says:


i love this name its what mine is

pam Says:


Thanks for your note on this. Our system has a glitch that if there are two origins/meanings of a name and a comma is misplaced between them, it omits the second origin and the first meaning -- and so delivers only the first origin and the second, disconnected meaning. Hope that makes sense! So Tallulah is both an Irish name meaning "lady of abundance" and a Native American/Choctaw name meaning leaping water. It has been corrected!

hufflepuff Says:


Both names have lots of spunk!! :)

headintheclouds Says:


There's just something about Tallulah that screams to me as a name that only celebrities and over-the-top hippie-dippie upper-class people use. I can only picture Tallulah on spoilt little girls whose parents insist on feeding her only grass-fed non-cruelty gluten-free GMO-free everything, put her in playgroups that have her doing baby Crossfit and Ashtanga yoga chanting, etc. And you just get the feeling that precious little Tallulah will be the type of kid to run around screaming and drawing on the walls of stores while her parents look on, proud at their angel for displaying such free spirit and creativity xD

itshelenh_ Says:


I don't know why, but i absolutely hate this name!

Zelliew Says:


I' m afraid I see it as a name on a Saloon girl in the Wild West so it would be safer on a barbie I think

tracyseymour1 Says:


I like this name... I also love the name Zelda.

Emtron Says:


Omg! Just like the bulldog and car! Lol

caroblaise Says:


This is a cute name, but I don't know if I could see it on an adult. Also, I have a bad connotation with this name, since it's the name of a really rude girl I know : (

Micheal O MaolDomhnaigh Says:


For attention of Nameberry staff -
Tallulah meaning recorded by you as 'leaping water' appears to be incorrect if it derives from the Gaelic 'tuile' and 'flaith' which mean ' a flood' (implying an abundance) and 'a noble person' respectively, which combined probably imply a princess whose leadership has made her followers wealthy or a lady who reigns over an area producing an abundance. Note that in the combination the f of flaith is silent and often omitted leading to a spelling of Tuile-liath. It is of course possible that Tallulah also derives independently from another language where it does mean 'leaping water' but not in Gaelic (Irish). One of my daughters is Órfhlaith, rendered in English as Orlaigh or Orla which means Golden Lady, and yes, she is fairhaired although I suspect that the 'golden' may have had more to do with wealth than colouration. These double descriptive names are of prechristian origin and have been mostly displaced by Biblical names here in Ireland for the past 1500 years; today the Biblical names seem to be yeilding to what we might call ' media names' ie those of actors, singers, characters in dramas etc.

TaliaCat Says:


Really hate this name. I don't care if some celebrities made it popular... it would be okay for a pet hamster

larkspur83 Says:


I like the streamlined Talula spelling better, it's a great way to get to the gorgeous nickname Lula!

Caroline Says:



Zoey_Artemisia Says:


Tbh I can see this name working on a barbie doll more than an actual girl. I also just really hate this name in general, I'm sick of seeing it all over nameberry.

charlie Says:


Iv just had a baby girl and called her Tallulah Diamond im half Romany maybe the diamond bit is but Tallulah deformity aint chavey name its beautiful

helenlouise Says:


I love this name more than any other, but my boyfriend, mother and aunties all say its chavvy! I just think it rolls off the tongue so beautifully, but sadly I couldn't burden a child with a name that others would judge so instantaneously. Such a shame though :(

Guest Says:


I know that name was terrible but it was so funny and ridiculous that I actually liked it lmfao. But Tallulah I've grown to like, I used to think it was really weird and "hipster".

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


That's what I think of every time I see this name too!! (But poor girl, she told her friends her name was K at school to avoid bullying).

Hydra Says:


This was my dog's name...sigh.

strawberrydino Says:


All I think of is poor little Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii (yes that was a real name put on a little girl).

CocoWhite Says:


What's so boring about Tallulah? I mean, it's okay if you don't like it. Not everybody does. But the only names that I can think of that are truly boring are John or Mary or something. Not Tallulah.

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Kisa Says:


I world really LOVE this name if this name didn't give me the image of a bubble gum popping mob boss's girlfriend. Super pretty name though, and I do feel that this name can overcome any "bad girl" images of decades gone by.