Lou - Meaning of Lou
[ 1 syll. lou, lo-u ] The baby girl name Lou is also used as a boy name, though it is more popular for girls. It is pronounced LUW in English †. Lou's origin is Breton, Germanic, and Latin, and its use, Breton, French, and English.
Lou is a shortening (Breton and French) of the French and Breton Louane.
Lou is also a shortening (English) of the Dutch, English, French, and German Louise.
Lou is also a form of the English Lucy.
Lou is uncommon as a baby girl name. At the height of its usage in 1954, 0.075% of baby girls were named Lou. It had a ranking of #204 then. The baby name has seen a substantial drop in frequency since then, and is currently used only on a very modest scale. In 2018, within the family of girl names directly related to Lou, Lucy was the most frequently used. Lou has mainly been a baby girl name in the last century. There were 10 times more baby girls than boys who were named Lou in 1960.
† Pronunciation for Lou: L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; UW as in "two (T.UW)"
A famous person named Lou is Lou Henry Hoover, US First Lady, born 29 March 1874 - 7 January 1944, Waterloo, Iowa.