I Love this name for a girl or a boy. I disagree with the opinions that it's too short (there are other three letter names that aren't "too short"), or an old man's name...(I don't know any old men named Lou, and I work in the medical field and I know half the town). I don't think it needs to be short for anything, it stands well on its own. My daughter's middle is Lou (just Lou) and I call her this as a nickname name at times. People's faces often light up in delight when they hear her called this. It may not be popular here, but it is well liked in the real world.
Lou (Lú, Lù, Lue - also unisex; Lew, Lugh - masculine) is/can be used as a transliteration for the classic Burmese unisex name လူ "person, human".
Someone suggested Lou as a middle name, Mary Lou, Betty Lou, etc. I think the name Lou as a middle name is totally bogan. WT, a true trailer-denizen name. As are all variations of Lou, imho: Louanne (spelled any which way), LouDean (I knew one), the whole lot of them. Don't blame me, don't shoot the messenger. The only exception is Louise, and its nickname Lulu.
You might want to avoid this in the United Kingdom for obvious reasons.
Who would want to be named after the toilet? Like "Loo" or "Lou"...
Lou isn't a bad name, I don't hate it, this name is okay. Mina_sakura, lol.
Lou works best as a middle name or nickname, I think. Like Mary Lou or Suzy Lou, or a shortened form of Louane as a nickname. I just can't picture it being someone's first name.
This is nice as a nickname or a middle name for a girl, but not in Britain.
In 2018, 53 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Lou* who is registered male with the Social Security Administration. It is the 5, 175th most common male first name for living U.S. citizens. *as a first name, not a nickname.
In 2018, 56 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Lou* who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 1298th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens. *as a first name, not a nickname.
I LOVE the name Lou. Can you tell from my username? Lou sounds great with Annalise as a middle name. Very feminine and very elegant. I'm in love with it. My favorite character from Mr. Mercedes has the name Lou too! It's very up and coming, and close minded people can't see that.
My niece's name is Lou, sometimes I like to have a little fun with her by calling her Koo-koo-banana-Lou. I personally like the name Lou but I wouldn't use it. Although it is adorable!
Better on girl...As a middle name.
Lou Doillon is a French model, singer, and actress. Her father is director Jacques Doillon and her mother is British actress and singer Jane Birkin. Doillon was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. On her mother's side, she is the half-sister of Charlotte Gainsbourg and Kate Barry, and of Lola Doillon, Lily and Lina on her father's side.
The name Lou was given to 29 girls born in the US in 2015.
Lou is the name of one of Catherine Deneuve's grandchildren. She is the daughter of her son Christian.
My name is Lou and it isn't short for anything. I don't get why they said "Short form of LOUISE or LOUIS." IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE SHORT FOR ANYTHING!
Musician Lou Reed is a famous bearer...
It's not exactly a mainstream book, but in Susan Cooper's 'Green Boy' the narrator's brother is called Lou.
Supermodel Heidi Klum has a daughter named Lou, born in 2009. Lou has two brothers, Johan and Henry, and a half sister, Helene.
This name has grown on me for both genders. I think it's really cute for a boy, and its kind of edgy but sweet for a girl. I was interested to find it was so popular in France for girls. I would love to meet a little girl (or boy) named Lou!
I don't like Lou on a boy, it makes me think of an old man. But on a girl, as a nickname for Louisa, it's so sweet. I really like masculine nick-names on girls, Lou is one of the best.
I don't know what Heidi Klum was thinking. Lou is dumb, especially as a legal name on a girl. It sounds too redneck and masculine to be a girls' name. It's also very old-fashioned. If you want to call your daughter Lou, just name her something like Louise, Lucy, or Luana and then call her Lou for short.
Since I am planning on naming my daughter Louise, I find Lou to be a very safe nickname and is easy to catch on to when your young, so I might introduce her as Lou in the future.
A nice name, but I would probably spell it Lu rather than Lou, partially because it comes from my favourite cartoon, 'Mike, Lu, & Og', and partially because Lou is short for Louis.
Who would want to be named after the toilet?
The thing about this name is that it's pronounced the same way as Loo, which is a British word for bathroom. I use the word Loo (despite not being British), and that's why I wouldn't use Lou as a name.
Can also be short for Louisa.
Lou Reed (born Lewis Allan Reed) is an American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist.
Lou Gramm (born Louis Grammatico) is former lead singer for rock group Foreigner. Now lead singer for Lou Gramm Band.
Lou seems to make a good middle name for girls, but I can't imagine it as a first name. It's too short-sounding.
A famous bearer is First Lady Lou Hoover.
Lou Pucci, the famous guitarist, and his son, actor Lou Taylor Pucci who has starred in Green Day's Jesus of Suburbia music video and such films as "Thumbsucker" with Benjamin Bratt and "The Chumbscrubber" with Glenn Close. I'm lucky to be friends with him. :)
Lou Ferrigno is an actor/body builder who portrayed the Incredible Hulk in the T.V. show of the same name.
I love the name Lou. But I'm searching for a full name for Lou. I like Lize-Lou, Louana, Lousanne, but they're not good enough. ;)
Lou is a popular name in France.

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