Meaning and Name Origin
Ouida \ou(i)-da\ as a girls' name is of English origin. Variant of Louise (Old German) "famous warrior". Used as the pen name of a Victorian romantic novelist named Marie Louise de la Ramée. It came into use as a childish version of Louisa. It may also be of African origin, derived from Ouidah, City of Benin in West Africa.
Ouida▼ has 37 alternative forms via Louisa, Louise: 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▼.
Ouida is a very popular first name for females (#1909 out of 4276, Top 45%) but a unique surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Ouida for girls. Ouida was first listed in 1890-1899 and reached its peak position of #688 in the U.S. during the years 1920-1929, but is not listed at the moment. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of the girl name Ouida and associated names. Lola (#236 the previous year), Eloise (#300), Louisa (#973), Luisa, Luella, Lula, Lulu, Lu, Lovisa, Lou, Lolita, Louella, Eloisa, Louise and Lois are the prominent variation forms of Ouida. These girl names were at the apex of their popularity during the years 1900-1909 and are now much less widespread, with versions such as Luella, Luisa, Lula, Lulu and Louise falling out of fashion. Eloise (#300) and Lola (#236) are two of the more fashionable birth names among these, with both names having a rekindling in usage. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)