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Origin & Meaning

The name Lou is of French origin.

The meaning of Lou is "man".  

It is also of German and English origin, where its meaning is "famous warrior".


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 6087  in baby name popularity for girls with 21 occurrences.  It ranked 3830 in popular baby names for boys with 27 occurrences. 

View the Lou Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Lou has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Lou to other names.


Louis is the French form of the German name Ludwig. Ludwig is derived from the elements Hlud meaning "fame" and wig meaning "warrior". The name was borne by sixteen French Kings and was frequently used in noble families. It is also used as the Anglicized form of the Gaelic names Laoiseach and Lughaidh,/A>.


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Lou is a diminutive (nickname) of Louis.

Other Tidbits

Some famous bearers of this name include: Lou Gehrig, Lou Costello.

Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Lou in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Lou.

Just for fun, see the name Lou in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Lou in Nautical Flags page.

Names Like This

French names have similar origins to those of other old-world European nations. They are often derivations of place names or trade names, or have their basis in history, mythology, religion or nature. They may also be created names.

The popularity of hyphenated names is a unique feature of French given names. For example Paul-Henri or Anne-Marie. A hyphenated name is considered a single unit first name, not separate first and middle names. Hyphenated names may be of the same or different genders. The first part of the name will always indicate the holder's gender.

Masculine names may be made feminine with the addition of -e, -ette, or -ine as suffixes.