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Lou Name Popularity

How popular is the name Lou? Here’s everything we know.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 308 114 0.0324%
1911 311 121 0.0325%
1912 311 175 0.0347%
1913 322 179 0.0316%
1914 344 199 0.0286%
1915 346 253 0.0278%
1916 348 273 0.0283%
1917 339 299 0.0299%
1918 337 329 0.0307%
1919 364 278 0.0265%
1920 355 298 0.0268%
1921 377 275 0.024%
1922 344 318 0.0285%
1923 344 323 0.0288%
1924 352 333 0.0287%
1925 335 361 0.0319%
1926 324 374 0.034%
1927 302 454 0.041%
1928 317 395 0.0369%
1929 299 444 0.0429%
1930 304 436 0.0417%
1931 285 438 0.0444%
1932 269 509 0.0515%
1933 262 500 0.0537%
1934 262 520 0.0538%
1935 268 487 0.0501%
1936 264 482 0.05%
1937 264 517 0.0525%
1938 274 499 0.0487%
1939 272 476 0.0468%
1940 281 463 0.0436%
1941 287 474 0.0421%
1942 290 507 0.0402%
1943 332 407 0.0312%
1944 310 427 0.0345%
1945 340 362 0.0297%
1946 342 442 0.03%
1947 354 468 0.028%
1948 381 395 0.0247%
1949 369 409 0.0254%
1950 393 371 0.023%
1951 387 408 0.0241%
1952 341 539 0.0309%
1953 207 1,417 0.0801%
1954 204 1,472 0.0805%
1955 232 1,197 0.0651%
1956 256 1,039 0.055%
1957 307 862 0.0448%
1958 309 824 0.0436%
1959 355 677 0.0356%
1960 385 570 0.0301%
1961 444 442 0.0234%
1962 483 357 0.0194%
1963 501 330 0.0184%
1964 603 229 0.013%
1965 634 190 0.0116%
1966 743 127 0.0081%
1967 766 116 0.0076%
1968 754 127 0.0085%
1969 783 123 0.008%
1970 847 110 0.0069%
1971 974 81 0.0054%
1972 1,084 58 0.0043%
1973 1,322 34 0.0026%
1974 2,456 5 0.0004%
1975 1,700 19 0.0015%
1976 2,035 12 0.0009%
1977 2,192 11 0.0008%
1978 2,557 6 0.0004%
1979 0 0%
1980 0 0%
1981 0 0%
1982 2,575 8 0.0005%
1983 0 0%
1984 0 0%
1985 0 0%
1986 0 0%
1987 0 0%
1988 0 0%
1989 0 0%
1990 0 0%
1991 0 0%
1992 0 0%
1993 0 0%
1994 0 0%
1995 0 0%
1996 0 0%
1997 0 0%
1998 0 0%
1999 0 0%
2000 0 0%
2001 0 0%
2002 0 0%
2003 0 0%
2004 3,993 5 0.0003%
2005 0 0%
2006 0 0%
2007 0 0%
2008 0 0%
2009 0 0%
2010 3,748 5 0.0003%
2011 0 0%
2012 0 0%
2013 0 0%
2014 0 0%
2015 2,914 11 0.0008%
2016 2,773 11 0.0008%
2017 3,161 6 0.0004%
2018 2,655 12 0.0009%
2019 2,584 12 0.0009%

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What names are variants of Lou?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Lou.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Louanna

Enjoyment

Polynesian

Louanne

Enjoyment

Polynesian

Louella

Famous warrior

German

Loulou

Light

Latin

Lu

Famous warrior; light

Latin


What names sound like Lou?

If you like how Lou sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Lou.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Lea

Delicate; weary; meadow or pasture

Hebrew

Lee

Meadow or pasture

English

Lia

Weary one

Hebrew

Lois

Superior

Greek


What names are similar to Lou?

Find a name that’s like Lou, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Louise

Famous warrior

German

Luana

Enjoyment

Polynesian

Lucy

Of the light

English

Luella

A variant form of Louella.

English


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2 Comments

  1. We kept the sex a surprise. By the due date we had the name narrowed down to two boy names but had a long list of girl names still. Of course we ended up having a girl and it took us almost three days to decide on the name. We wanted something short as my husbands last name is quite long and very Polish. We had Lou on the list but we can’t remember how it got on there! I think one of us saw it on a contemporary baby names list posted on a baby names website. We had it narrowed down to Lou and Mae but ended up going with Lou because we thought it suited her and we are glad we did because she is such a little Lou!

    • Congratulations! I love The name Lou! I’m due in August and planning to name my baby Louise and call her Lou!


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