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Lou (boy)

What does Lou mean?

Lou Pronunciation of Lou [lou] as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Lou) is an Old German name, and the meaning of the name Lou is "famous warrior". Lou is an alternate form of Lewis (Old German): anglicization of Louis.

Associated with: famous, warrior.


Lou has 2 variants: Lew and Louie.

1 more relation via Lewis, Louis: Luis.

1 feminine form: Luana.

Creative forms:
(male) Lom, ll, ..

(female) Lle, Lole, ..

Middle name pairings:
Lou Carver (L.C.), ..

How popular is Lou?

Lou is a somewhat prominent first name for men (#1025 out of 1220, Top 84%) and an even more prominent surname for both adults and children (#11758 out of 150436, Top 8%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Lou reached its apex position of #554 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not in the list at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. Lew, Lewis (#569 the previous year), Louie (#967), Louis (#297) and Luis (#106) are the prominent varying forms of Lou. These forms of Lou were favored by parents during 1880-1889 (median #332) and have become significantly less popular since (#989, 76% less usage).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lou, Lew, Lewis, Louie, Louis, Luis in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lewis, Louie, Louis outside U.S.

Similar Names

Lou is alike in pronunciation to La-, Le, Le-, Lea, Lee, Leo, Lleu, Loew, Loewe, Loewy, Lowe, Loy and Lugh. Other recommended names are Lon and Lot. These names tend to be less frequently used than Lou.

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