Dictionary of Medieval Names
from European Sources

Louisa f. Fem. of Louis.

Withycombe's earliest example in England is from 1646; but the name was used by women there earlier. It was, however, never common in any culture, certainly not as common as its masculine counterpart.

Belgium
Dutch
1597x1598 Loyse BoonenGes p. 340
England
Dutch
1576 Loysken AuFr Drossaert
Early Modern English
1565 Lewes BEmar-vol1 p. 8
France
Middle French
1421 Loyse favier 1270; 1562 Loyse RegPCC-1 p. 9; 1564 Loyse ibid. p. 68; 1565 Loyse ibid. p. 139; 1566 Loyse ibid. p. 199; 1567 Loyse ibid. p. 310; 1568 Loyse ibid. p. 378; 1571 Louyse ibid. p. 452, Loyse ibid. p. 442; 1587 Loyse RTFProvins 178
Italy
Latin
1522x1532 Loysa (nom) DSF p. 51, 18; 1527 Ludovica (nom) Rome1527 p. 83
1522x1532 Loysella (nom) DSF p. 53, 38
Spain
Catalan
1510 Luisa valencia1510 3704
Spanish
1576 Luisa Catalogo-5.2 3881
Cite as: J. Uckelman, S.L. Uckelman. "Louisa". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2017, no. 1. http://dmnes.org/2017/1/name/Louisa.