Lou

First Name
37k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
3k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Lou

"Lou" is a name of German origin, and it means "Famed Warrior". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Wiktionary
  1. A diminutive of the male given name Louis.
  2. A diminutive of the female given names Louisa and Louise; often also used as a middle name.

Lou was also found in the following language(s): French

Notable Persons Named Lou

Lou Reed was a rock music, experimental music, proto-punk, glam rock, and art rock musician. He plays Fender Telecaster, Gretsch, Gretsch White Falcon, Fender Stratocaster, Gibson ES-335, Epiphone, Gibson SG, and Steinberger. He was most prominent from 1958 to 2013. Lou was given the name Lewis Allan Reed on March 2nd, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. He left this life on October 27th, 2013.

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Lou Gehrig was a baseball player. Lou was born on June 19th, 1903 in Yorkville, Manhattan. He passed away on June 2nd, 1941.

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Lou Ferrigno is a bodybuilding, actor, personal trainer, and bodybuilder. His ongoing career started in 1971. Lou was given the name Louis Jude Ferrigno on November 9th, 1951 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

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Lou Diamond Phillips is an actor, film director, and television director. He has been prominent since 1984. Lou was given the name Lou Diamond Upchurch on February 17th, 1962 in U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay.

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Lou Gramm is a rock music and hard rock musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1967 to present. Lou was given the name Louis Andrew Grammatico on May 2nd, 1950 in Rochester, New York.

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Lou Costello was an actor and comedian. He was most prominent from 1926 to 1959. Lou was given the name Louis Francis Cristillo on March 6th, 1906 in Paterson, New Jersey, US. He passed away on March 3rd, 1959.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Lou

Thelma Lou is a fictional character.

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Camille Lou is a pop rock, pop-folk, musical theatre, chanson, and pop music musician. She has had major accomplishments since 2010. Camille was given the name Camille Houssière on May 22nd, 1992 in Bersillies, Nord, France. Camille is also known as Jimmie.

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Loura Lou is an actress. She was most active from 2009 to present. Loura was born on December 27th, 1988 in Ganjingzi District, Dalian, Liaoning.

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Mary Lou is an actress and actor. She has been prominent since 2003. Mary was given the name Mary Lou Kolbenschlag on March 15th, 1992 in California. Mary is also known as Kolbenschlag.

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Bonnie Lou was a country music, rock, roll, and rockabilly singing, musician, and television presenter. She was most active from 1940 to 1980. Bonnie was given the name Mary Joan Kath on October 27th, 1924 in Towanda, Illinois, U.S. Bonnie is also known as Bonnie Lou. She died on December 8th, 2015.

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Liza was born in 1969 in New York City.

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How popular is the baby name Lou in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 145 131 14
1881 129 114 15
1882 141 131 10
1883 153 142 11
1884 156 146 10
1885 148 135 13
1886 138 129 9
1887 157 147 10
1888 179 169 10
1889 137 120 17
1890 141 132 9
1891 117 109 8
1892 146 137 9
1893 147 137 10
1894 130 118 12
1895 134 125 9
1896 140 130 10
1897 127 114 13
1898 166 156 10
1899 138 125 13
1900 153 140 13
1901 103 96 7
1902 127 121 6
1903 144 133 11
1904 124 117 7
1905 156 143 13
1906 100 100 0
1907 136 124 12
1908 162 147 15
1909 140 140 0
1910 162 144 18
1911 162 153 9
1912 234 212 22
1913 216 199 17
1914 265 227 38
1915 316 285 31
1916 347 308 39
1917 383 338 45
1918 402 371 31
1919 334 313 21
1920 369 336 33
1921 348 320 28
1922 390 350 40
1923 378 343 35
1924 418 381 37
1925 436 395 41
1926 446 417 29
1927 526 489 37
1928 469 425 44
1929 502 474 28
1930 496 468 28
1931 503 463 40
1932 585 540 45
1933 572 534 38
1934 582 558 24
1935 550 521 29
1936 532 506 26
1937 565 539 26
1938 562 532 30
1939 548 501 47
1940 533 494 39
1941 546 507 39
1942 583 536 47
1943 495 456 39
1944 500 462 38
1945 447 399 48
1946 525 478 47
1947 566 510 56
1948 478 439 39
1949 476 441 35
1950 444 413 31
1951 495 440 55
1952 611 570 41
1953 1,472 1,436 36
1954 1,546 1,494 52
1955 1,275 1,226 49
1956 1,118 1,064 54
1957 956 884 72
1958 918 851 67
1959 765 708 57
1960 657 593 64
1961 528 474 54
1962 443 396 47
1963 420 382 38
1964 325 277 48
1965 258 225 33
1966 225 186 39
1967 200 171 29
1968 201 169 32
1969 194 165 29
1970 199 159 40
1971 172 134 38
1972 126 101 25
1973 119 91 28
1974 82 63 19
1975 71 50 21
1976 68 48 20
1977 60 43 17
1978 63 38 25
1979 67 41 26
1980 42 19 23
1981 46 30 16
1982 51 29 22
1983 31 18 13
1984 38 19 19
1985 31 12 19
1986 24 13 11
1987 29 13 16
1988 21 11 10
1989 31 13 18
1990 36 12 24
1991 30 6 24
1992 28 9 19
1993 24 10 14
1994 27 7 20
1995 13 0 13
1996 14 0 14
1997 21 7 14
1998 19 8 11
1999 14 6 8
2000 20 9 11
2001 28 8 20
2002 21 8 13
2003 20 10 10
2004 26 10 16
2005 35 14 21
2006 29 9 20
2007 19 6 13
2008 19 6 13
2009 27 5 22
2010 27 11 16
2011 43 16 27
2012 36 18 18
2013 38 14 24
2014 49 22 27
2015 66 29 37
2016 80 35 45
2017 66 29 37

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Popularity of Lou as a first name

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Popularity of Lou as a last name

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Common last names for Lou

  • Smith
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Taylor
  • White
  • Wilson
  • Hall
  • Thompson
  • Jackson
  • Moore
  • Walker
  • Harris
  • Anderson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Lou U.S.
  White 11.95% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 79.66% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.92% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.50% 16.26%

Of Last Name Lou

People with the last name Lou are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Lou

  • What name lists does Lou rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Lou? Lou is the 1,208th most popular name of all time. As a last name Lou was the 10,815th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Lou have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 37,258 babies born with the first name Lou in the United States. That's more than enough people named Lou to occupy the territory of Saint Martin (France) with an estimated population of 36,824 (as of January 1, 2009).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Lou? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 145 new born babies.
  • When was Lou first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Lou is Tuesday, August 27th, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Lou born? The highest recorded use of the first name Lou was in 1954 with a total of 1,494 babies. That's a lot of babies named Lou!
  • Random Lou Factoid: According to the 1936 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Lou ranks 102nd in popularity as a baby girl's name in Utah. Imagine that, 11 babies in Utah have the same name as you in 1936.
  • Weird things about the name Lou: Your name in reverse order is Uol. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lou. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Lou? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,945 people with the last name Lou.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Lou? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Lou as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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