NN Lou or Other Girl Name Ideas

I love the name Lou, for a girl, but want to give her a formal name, in case she hates it later. Any suggestions? We love Eloise, but are concerned of it becoming too popular. Louisa is another contender, but I'm not sold.

I'm open to other names as well, but feel that our daughter will have some spunk! Vila? Viona?

Siblings are Koen and Tate.


August 1, 2013 9:44 AM

I adore the name Louisa and nickname Lou; I'm trying to convince my husband to consider it if this baby is a girl. I hear Eloise a lot on forums but don't know any real-life Eloise's. Not that it matters, but I pronounce it like Eh-lo-ees, so the sound "lou" isn't really in there. I definitely still think it could work but it makes me think that Lo could work as a nickname too. I know a spunky, fun middle aged woman woman who goes by Lo (short for Loretta) and it's awesome on her, so I'm sure it would be even cuter on a little girl!

Since I love the nickname Lou as well, we may have some of the same tastes. I like boyish or snappy nicknames with a longer girly full name. How about: Matilda (Tilly or Tilda), Theodora (Thea or Thora), Raymonda (Ray), Harriet (Hattie), Wren, Blair, Piper, Lila, Lyra, Ivy, Philippa (Pip or Pippa), Josephine (Jo or Josie), Maxine (Max), Amelia (Mia), Brynn.  

August 1, 2013 10:41 AM

I can definitely see where you get that pronunciation, and it's probably more logical than EH-lou-eez, but the latter is the only pronunciation I've ever heard, and how I say the name, too. I'd suspect that more people do have the Lou in there than don't.

August 1, 2013 10:39 AM

Well, since one child has a Dutch name (of course the other one doesn't), You could consider Loes, a Dutch form of Louise.  The vowel is the same as in Koen, so presumably the pronunciation wouldn't be a problem.  I did know someone name Marloes (MaryLouise), which could have the nickname Lou (or even Lulu).  There are also other Lu-/Lou- names like Lucy, Lucille, Lucia, Lucinda, Louella, Luanne, Lucienne,  and for something more out there, Lucasta, Lucretia, Luna, Lunete, Lilu.

August 1, 2013 10:46 AM

What about Eloisa?  That gives me a little more "Lou" in the middle than Eloise.

August 1, 2013 2:16 PM

My friend Lauren often goes by Lu and another friend has a daughter named Lindsay, whom she calls Lou.  I think just about any L name can have the NN Lou, really.  (Of course, this is coming from someone who calls her son William "Jack.")

Elouise does appear to be climbing quickly, but it's only in the 300s and I wouldn't worry too much about it becoming "too popular" unless you feel strongly about never wanting her to meet another one. Names are SO diverse these days!  Both of my kids have top 10 names for their birth years, but with nicknames.  Neither has had any others with either of their names in their classes. Jack has met a couple of other Jacks out and about and a Jackson and a Will were in his after school care, but we've seen nary an Elizabeth or Evie.  Even if there are 50 other Eloises, chances are you'll know them only as Ellie, Elle, or Ella. 

Naming is hard and you can't predict what will become super popular.  Go with what you love.  

By mk
August 2, 2013 12:18 AM

I know a Lydia that goes by Lu. Any of the Lu- names: Lucia, Lucy, Lucinda.

August 8, 2013 5:00 PM

I like the name Eloise or Eloisa. You can spell it Elouise or Elouisa as well of you wanted. I don't like the name Louise or Louisa myself. That does not mean don't use them if you like it.

Other names that you may like that could have the nickname Lou are Luna, Lunette, Lucine, Loretta, Laura, Lauren, Laurel, Laurelle, Laurella, Lorelei, Lucy, Lucinda, Luciella. Hope some them help.

August 15, 2013 9:23 AM

My daughter's nickname is Lou. We also call her Lula. Her name is Eloise Estelle and her big brother's name is Koen. :)

Although we have met a few Koen/Cohens, we have yet to meet an Eloise and she is almost 3. I hope it stays that way.

August 15, 2013 9:39 AM

Lucy is one that can be nicknamed Lu (to my ears, Lou and Lu sound the same...or you could always nn your Lucy 'Lou...' nicknames are very subjective).


August 15, 2013 11:06 PM

I love Eloise! And I think you can totally call her Lou. You love Eloise, too, so I think you should go for it.

I'm also a big fan of Louisa or Louise.

Maybe Lucille? 

August 17, 2013 1:12 AM

I really like Louisa, but I know a Laura nicknamed Lou. I think Lou could work with any "Laur" name, really. Laura, Lauren, Lorraine, Lorelei, Lola, Lois, etc.