Meaning and Name Origin
Louise \lo(ui)-se\ as a girls' name is pronounced loo-EEZ. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Louise is "famous warrior". Feminine of Louis; French version of Ludwig. Louisa was more common in the 18th and 19th centuries. Saint Louise (16th century) was co-founder with Saint Vincent de Paul of the nursing order Daughters of Charity. Author Louisa May Alcott; actresses Louise Brooks, Louise Lasser.
Louise▼ has 37 variants: Aloisa, Aloise, Aloysia, Eloisa▼, Eloise▲, Heloisa, Heloise, Lluisa, Lois▼, Loise, Lola▲, Lolita▼, Lou▼, Louella▼, Louisa▼, Louisetta, Louisette, Louisiana, Louisiane, Louisina, Louisine, Louiza, Lovisa, Lowise, Loyise, Lu, Ludovica, Ludovika, Ludwiga, Luella▼, Luisa▼, Luise, Lujza, Lujzika, Lula▼, Lulita and Lulu▼.
Louise is a very popular first name for females (#83 out of 4276, Top 2%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#40051 out of 88799, Top 45%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Louise for girls. Louise reached its highest position of #18 in the U.S. during 1910-1919, but is not in the list at the moment. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Shown below is an analysis of the usage of the girl name Louise and associated names. Popular alternative forms of Louise are Eloisa, Eloise (#300 last year), Lois, Lola (#236), Lolita, Lou, Louella, Louis, Louisa (#973), Lovisa, Lu, Luana, Luella, Luisa, Lula, Lulu and Ouida. These girl names reached the top of their popularity during 1900-1909 and are now much less widespread, with versions such as Louise, Luella, Luisa, Lula and Lulu becoming somewhat dated. Eloise (#300) and Lola (#236) are two of the more contemporarily stylish names for newborns here, with both names going through a rekindling in usage. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Louise▼ is pronounced similarly to Lise. Like Louise, this name is not frequently used.