US Popularity:2805
Origin:French
Meaning:famous warrior
Lou is a gender-neutral name of French and Old German origin. A shortened version of Louis or Louise, Lou has become a standalone name in its own right, translating to “famous warrior.” So many icons, from musicians to athletes, have held this short, sweet name while competing in their passion. If you sense baby is going to make a name for themselves and overcome any obstacle they meet, they are sure to carry the name Lou with pride.

Famous People Named Lou

Wondering who else shares this name? Check out these well known people who made this baby name famous.
  • Lou Costello
    Actor, Comedian
  • Lou Gehrig
    Baseball Player

Lou Name Popularity Data

The Bump Ranking

Overall:Lou is currently #1955 on The Bump
Boy:Lou is currently #1087 on The Bump Boy Names
Girl:Lou is currently #1377 on The Bump Girl Names

U.S. Births

Overall:Lou is currently #2805 in U.S. births
Boy:Lou is currently #2028 in U.S. births
Girl:Lou is currently #2563 in U.S. births

Yearly Ranking Change:

Year:
2023
Gender:
Girl
#4690
in 2023
+ 482
from 2022
In comparison to the previous year's data
Sources
  • 100,000+ Baby Names by Bruce Lansky, pg. 208, 462

  • Behind the Name, Lo, July 2017

  • Behind the Name, Louise, November 2020

  • Name Doctor, Louise

  • Name Doctor, Louis

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