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What does Lou mean?

Lou Pronunciation of Lou [lou] as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Lou). Short form of Louann. Often used in blends such as Louann, Mary Lou, Louella.

Associated with: blends.


Lou has 5 variants: Louanna, Louanne, Louella, Loulou and Lu.

Related girl names: Luana, Louise, Lucy and Luella.

3 more different relations via Louann, Louella: Lola, Lula and Lulu.

1 masculine form: Louis.

Creative forms:
(female) Lle, Lole, ..

(male) Loli, Lone, ..

Middle name pairings:
Lou Gemma (L.G.), ..

How popular is Lou?

Lou is a very popular first name for females (#604 out of 4276, Top 14%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#11758 out of 150436, Top 8%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Lou reached its top rank of #157 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not listed at the moment. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lou name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lou outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent alternative forms of Lou are Lucy (#55 last year), Lola (#224), Louise (#1083), Luella (#1337), Lula (#1994), Lulu, Luana, Lu, Louanne, Louella, Louann and Louanna. These relations of Lou were at the height of their popularity 105 years ago (median #906) and are now significantly less widespread (#1591, 71%). Lucy has historically been a favorite of parents, while versions like Louella have become less popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lou, Lola, Louann, Louanna, Louanne in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Louella, Louise, Lu, Luana, Lucy in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Luella, Lula, Lulu in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lola, Louise, Lucy outside U.S.

Similar Names

Lou is pronounced similarly to La-, Lea, Leah, Lee, Leia, Leya, Lia and Liya. Other recommended names are Aju, Bo, Coe, Con, Cor, Doe, Dot, Dru, Io, Jo, Joi, Joy, Lal, Lib, Lil, Lin, Lior, Lis, Liv, Liz, Loir, Lois, Lona, Loni, Lora, Lori, Lory, Lotus, Love, Luz, Lyn, Lys, Lyz, Mo, Noa, Noe, Nour, Pru, Ros, Roz, Soo, Su, Thu, To, Tru, Zoe and Zoi. These names tend to be less frequently used than Lou.

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