Lou Name Meaning

Chinese : from a character in the name of the state of Zhu Lou, which existed during the Zhou dynasty. After Wu Wang established the dynasty in 1122 bc, he granted Zhu Lou to a descendant of the legendary emperor Zhuan Xu. Later descendants took the character for Lou from the place name as their surname. Chinese : variant of Lu 2. Dutch (de Lou): variant of Lau. Scottish: unexplained.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Lu, Liu, Mou, You, Kou, Ou, Lau, Loo, Lo, Zou

Ready to discover your family story?

Simply start with yourself and we'll do the searching for you.

Lou Family Origin

Where is the Lou family from?

Lou Family Occupations

What did your Lou ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Lou occupation in the UK was Crofter. 33% of Lou's were Crofters. A less common occupation for the Lou family was Labourer. Crofter and Income From Relatives were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Lou.

View Census data for Lou | Data not to scale

  • Crofter

  • Income From Relatives

  • Labourer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Lou ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Lou Historical Records

What Lou family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Lou. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lou census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search 1891 UK census records for Lou

Passenger List

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Lou. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

View all Lou immigration records

Draft Card

There are 589 military records available for the last name Lou. For the veterans among your Lou ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Lou military records

You've only scratched the surface of Lou family history.

Lou Life Expectancy

What is the average Lou lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Lou life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1984, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Lou in 1959 was 58, and 59 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Lou

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Lou ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

Look up another name