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What does Lulu mean?

Lulu /lu-lu/ as a girls' name is pronounced LOO-loo. It is of Swahili, Tanzanian and Hawaiian origin, and the meaning of Lulu is "precious; pearl; calm, peaceful, protected". Also a pet form of names like Louise (Old German) "famous warrior" and Luella. Fashion designer Lulu Guinness.

Associated with: precious, warrior


Lulu has 11 alternative forms via Louise, Luella: Lois, Lola, Lou, Lu, Luella, Luelle, Luisa, Luise, Lujza, Lula and Lulita.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Luli, Lulie, ..

(male) Luleo, Lulo, ..

How popular is Lulu?

Lulu is a very prominent first name for women (#1499 out of 4276, Top 35%) and a slightly less prominent surname for all people (#101654 out of 150436, Top 68%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Displayed below is the baby name history of Lulu for girls. Lulu reached its top rank of #95 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not listed at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Prominent alternative forms of Lulu ranked in the Top 2000 are Lois (#1988 via latest list), Lola (#236), Lou, Louise (#1219), Lu, Luella (#1509), Luisa (#1310) and Lula. These relations of Lulu were favored a century ago (average #484) and have become significantly less conventional since (#1584, 94%), with versions like Lou becoming less in vogue.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lulu, Lois, Lola, Lou, Louise in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names


Lulu is alike in pronunciation to Laila, Laily, Lala, Laleh, Lali, Lalia, Lalla, Lally, Lalya, Layla, Leala, Leela, Lela, Lelia, Lila, Lilah, Lili, Lilia, Lilie, Lilla, Lilly, Lilo, Lily, Loela and Lyla. Other suggested similar names are Lal, Lil, Luba, Luce, Luci, Lucy, Luna, Lupe, Lura, Lusa and Luz. These names tend to be less frequently used than Lulu.