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What does Ouida mean?

Ouida Pronunciation of Ouida [oui-da] as a girls' name is of English and Old German origin, and the meaning of Ouida is "famous warrior". Variant of Louise. 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.

Associated with: warrior, victorian (medieval).


8 alternative forms via Louisa, Louise: Lluisa, Louisa, Louiza, Luisa, Luise, Lujza, Lula and Lulita.

Creative forms:
(female) Ouidae, Ouira, ..

(male) Ouidao, Ouiot, ..

Middle name pairings:
Ouida Mercedes (O.M.), ..

How popular is Ouida?

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)

Ouida reached its peak position of #625 in the U.S. in the 1920s, but is not listed at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with similar and related girl names. Louisa (#908 from current records), Louise (#1083), Luisa (#1130) and Lula (#1994) are the prominent variation forms of Ouida. These relations of Ouida were popular as birth names a century ago (average #457) and are now much less widespread, with versions such as Louise falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ouida, Louisa, Louise, Luisa, Lula in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Ouida is pronounced similarly to Ada, Adda, Adia, Aeeda, Aida, Aidah, Auda, Audi, Ayda, Eda, Edda, Ida, Ieeda, Oda and Uda. Other suggested similar names are Abida, Alida, Elida, Faida, Frida, Guida, Heida, Huda, Hulda, Irida, Jaida, Leida, Lida, Loida, Lucida, Maida, Naida, Odila, Ofira, Oleda, Olia, Olida, Olina, Olinda, Olisa, Oliva, Oneida, Onida, Onita, Onyda, Oria, Orina, Orinda, Oula, Reida, Rida, Saida, Thida, Veida, Vida and Zaida. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ouida.

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