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Meaning and name origin

Lou \lou\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's name Lou). Short form of Louann. Often used in blends such as Louann, Mary Lou, Louella.


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

For more information, see also related girl names Luana, Louise, Lucy and Luella.

There is 1 masculine form of Lou: Louis.


Lou is a very popular first name for females (#604 out of 4276, Top 14%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#19078 out of 88799, Top 21%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Lou for girls. Lou reached its highest rank of #157 in the U.S. in 1880-1889. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Lou name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Lou and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Lucy (#62), Luana, Luella, Lu, Louise, Louann, Louella and Lou. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Lou, Louann, Louella, Louise, Lu, Luana, Lucy, Luella in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Lou is also pronounced similarly to La-, Lea, Lee and Lia. These names tend to be less commonly used than Lou.