Lourdes is a Spanish female name which comes from the name of a town in France. It’s a site of pilgrimage for Catholics due to the claims of a 14 year-old peasant girl having seen apparitions of the Virgin Mary. The origin of the name seems uncertain. Apparently the town was named after a Moorish leader who converted to Christianity and took the name Lorus as his baptismal name. The origin of Lorus is uncertain; it could be related to Latin laurus meaning “laurel”, which symbolized victory to the Ancient Greeks; winners of games were given a wreath of laurels.
Lourdes is also a French word meaning “heavy”
- Lurdes (Portuguese)
- Lorda (Occitan)