Lou History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Lou surname is derived from the Flemish/Dutch word "loo," which refers to a wet, wooded area. The name was most likely originally a topographic name for someone, who lived in such a place. The word "loo" is also a common compound in place names, the most famous of which is Waterloo, in Brabant, Belgium.
Early Origins of the Lou family
The surname Lou was first found in various feudal states of the Middle Ages that today make up Belgium and the Netherlands.
Early History of the Lou family
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Lou Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Loo, Van Loo, Lou, Van Lou and others.
Early Notables of the Lou family (pre 1700)
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In France, the name Lou is the 4,972nd most popular surname with an estimated 1,500 - 2,000 people with that name. 
Lou migration to the United States +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Lou Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Johan Michel Lou, who arrived in New York in 1709 
Contemporary Notables of the name Lou (post 1700) +
- Bonnie Lou (1924-2015), born Mary Joan Kath, an American musical pioneer, one of first female rock and roll singers, inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame
- Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977), American civil rights leader, co-founder and vice-chair of the Freedom Democratic Party, posthumously inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1993
- Emma Lou Thayne (1924-2014), American Mormon poet and novelist, known for writing the words to the hymn "Where Can I Turn for Peace"
- Emma Lou Diemer (b. 1927), American contemporary composer
- Mary Lou Serafine, American Republican politician, Candidate for Texas State Senate 14th District, 2010 
- Mary Lou Ravage, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1972 
- Lassie Lou Ahern (1920-2018), American silent film actress, best known for her recurring appearances in the Our Gang films and as Little Harry in the 1927 silent film Uncle Tom's Cabin
- Mary Lou Cowlishaw (1932-2010), née Miller, an American journalist and politician who served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1983 until 2002
- Mary Lou Makepeace, American activist and politician
- Mary Lou Andrews, American politician, Mayor of Oviedo, Florida, 2005-09 
Related Stories +
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- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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