Louisa: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Louisa

Louisa

Pronunciation: loo-EE-zə (key)

Origin of the name Louisa:

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.

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Comments and insights on the name Louisa: | Edit

A beautiful and classic name that will always be stylish and sophisticated. And until you grow into it, the nn "loulou" is charming. A great alternative to Lucy.

while this name is old-fashioned, i think it's becoming slightly exotic because it's now so uncommon. i love it!!!

A lot of people I know have the middle name Louise, but I'm the only person I know who has Louisa as my middle name. I much prefer it to my actual name(Sarah).

My name is Louisa and I love it. It's unique and I get compliments on it all the time. I dislike the name Louise and sometimes people mispronounce it but often I get a lot of "that's so pretty". My grandmothers middle name was Louisa and I personally am glad it's not super popular.

I love the name Louisa! I don't like Louise though. But I also like the Luisa and Luiza spellings.

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This was my grandmother's name, and in the early 1900s she changed it legally to Louise, thinking Louisa was too pretentious.

I know one Luisa (not Louisa). She's a very good cellist (she was born in 2000 or 2001).

Nicknames for Louisa: | Edit

Lou, Lulu, Lulz, Louie, Lua, Wheezie (as in lu-wheez-a), Louise, Susie

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Famous real-life people named Louisa: | Edit

Louisa May Alcott, American author
Louisa Catherine Adams, First Lady of the United States and wife of John Quincy Adams
American actress Meryl Streep has a daughter named Louisa

Louisa in song, story & screen: | Edit

The girl in the musical The Fantasticks (Luisa)

Louisa Von Trapp from "The Sound of Music." She was the second eldest daughter.

Louisa Musgrove, in Jane Austen's Persuasion

The song "I Love Louisa" from the musical "The Bandwagon".

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