Louisa

July 28, 2014 § 4 Comments

ORIGIN:
Along with “Louise”, the feminine variation of “Lewis” / “Louis”, the French version of “Ludovicus”, which is the Latin version of the German “Ludwig”, meaning “famous warrior” or “warrior prince”.

VARIATIONS and NICKNAMES:
Lou, Lula, Lulu, Luise, etc.

REFERENCES IN LITERATURE:
Louisa Box, a girl local to Queen’s Crawley, with a reputation for fighting with her sister, in Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray (published in 1847-48, but set in the 1810s-20s).
– Louisa Crawley, one of the Rev. Bute Crawley’s daughters in Vanity Fair.
Louisa Cutts, the girl Edward Dale marries, in Vanity Fair.
Louisa Eshton, the youngest of the Eshton girls, members of Mr. Rochester’s social set, in Jane Eyre, 1847, by Charlotte Bronte.
Louisa Hurst, Mr. Bingley’s snobbish married sister in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (written in 1797, published in 1813).
Louisa Bailey Joy, Berry and Tom Joy’s mother, who has much money but little taste or gentility, in A Little Country Girl (1885), by Susan Coolidge.
Lady Louisa Larpent, Lord Orville’s snobbish, shallow sister, in Evelina, or, The History of a Young Lady’s Entrance into the World (1778), by Fanny Burney.

WRITERS:
– Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888), American novelist and short story writer.
– Louisa Anne Meredith (1812-1895), Anglo-Australian illustrator and writer, also known as Louisa Anne Twamley.

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