Louise Name Meaning & Origin


Pronunciation: loo-EEZ (key)

Origin of the name Louise:

Feminine form of Louis (famous in war), which is from the Germanic Hluodowig, a compound name composed from the elements hluod (famous) and wīg (war, strife).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Louisa, Luisa, Luise, Lula, Lulu

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Comments and insights on the name Louise

Seems like I am the only "Louise" who will submit an entry for insights in having been named this absolutely, wonderful family name! Even when I was born, my name ranked way down there on the totem pole and found out in every aspect of life, no one seemed to be able to spell it or pronounce it. Because it is a French name and fit for a queen, it is well suited for the sophisticated European woman. I think of beautiful castles, fine formal gardens and gorgeous venues, perfect for a tea party and engaging conversation. I am quite happy with my name and had to grow into it. Alas, the older women with my name are centenarians or have gone on to their reward but that is OK because it makes me unique. "Louise" would also make a good middle name and helps the tongue to roll with first and last names. I say "Bravo" to the name "Louise."

There is an old song that goes: "Every little breeze seems to whisper Louise, birds in the trees seem to whisper Louise, each little rose tells me it knows I love you, Louise!"

02/2012: We are naming our next daughter Louise. It is a wonderful, under-used name with great nick-name potential, and very much suits our naming style. Great name.

This is my middle name. I dislike it intensely. Although it has a really cool meaning, most people pronounce it "Lou-Wheez". All it brings to mind for me are respiratory problems. I am planning on changing my middle name.

I wish that people wouldn't pronounce it 'Loo-Wheeze', even though that's how I pronounce it. The Australian accent doesn't lend itself to the more elegant pronunciation of the name, unfortunately. I hate the nicknames that I get from it - 'Lou' (I'm not a toilet) and 'Wheezy' (I'm not the penguin from Toy Story). Despite that, I do love the name and it's not very common as a first name anymore (although still extremely popular as a middle name) so it's nice!

I don't know why so many people have trouble pronouncing the name Louise!

My name is Luis, which is a male name, and it's way more popular than Louise in the United States, but they both sound the same. Because of this people need to have in mind that if they name their daughter Louise, it might be mistaken for a male name.

In response to the comment above, French rules of pronounciation mean that an ‘s’ between two vowels, as in ‘maison’ or ‘Louise,’ is pronounced as a ‘z.’ So the name, while sounding similar to that of Luis, is not actually pronounced the same way: Loo-eez, rather than Loo-ees, with the accent on the first syllable.

Personal experiences with the name Louise

My mom and my best friend's middle name. Louise makes me think of the 1950s, when people were using it as a middle name to create cute combos like Patty Lou, Peggy Lou, etc. I think Lou is a really cute nickname still today.
Lulu is absolutely darling.

I am called Lulu, and I always get "Where's Tubby?"

Louise seems to be a really common middle! In my class we have 3 girls with a middle name of Louise.

My niece was named Agnes Louise, her parents called her Aggie Lou. Love this name!

Nicknames for Louise

Lou, Lulu, Lola, Luna, Lula, Lolly, Weezy, Weez, Touie

Louise is my middle name and when I was a baby and my big brother couldn't say my middle name, he'd call me 'Wheeze' and it kind of stuck. It's embarrassing though.

My name is Louise and my younger brother also couldn't pronounce my name when he was little so he called me Weez. I've been called Weez or Weezy as a nickname my whole life and I like it. I never associate it with "wheezing." I think it's spunky and cute.

Meanings and history of the name Louise

Originally from Germanic Lutwig which for the French became Louis, the female form of Louis is Louise. Also they might have taken the German name Louisa and Frenchened it by putting an e at the end instead of an a.
Louise means famous warrior.

Famous real-life people named Louise

Louise Brooks, American film actress and dancer in the 1920s and 1930s, born Mary Louise Brooks
Louise Nevelson, American sculptor
Louise Bourgeois, French-American sculptor
Lady Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor, Prince Edward’s daughter
Louise Brown, first baby born through in-vitro fertilization
Louise Lasser, American actress, television writer and performing arts teacher and director. She is best known for her portrayal of the title character on the soap opera satire "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman"
Louise Fletcher, American actress, born Estelle Louise Fletcher
Louise Linton, Scottish actress
Louise Slaughter, American actress; born Dorothy Louise McIntosh
Louise Hay, American motivational author, born Helen Vera Lunney
Louis Penny, Canadian author of mystery novels

Louise in song, story & screen

Louise Elizabeth Sawyer, protagonist in "Thelma and Louise"
Louise "Weezy" Jefferson, wife of George Jefferson in the 1970s TV comedy "The Jeffersons"
"Every Little Breeze Seems to Whisper Louise" by Maurice Chevalier
"My Sweet Louise" by Ironhorse
"My Sweet Louise" by Pete Molinari
"Hey Louise" by Neil Diamond
The French band Louise Attaque
"Louise, Louisa" by Mew
"Liza and Louise" by NOFX
Louise Belcher, character in Bob’s Burgers

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