Lourdes Meaning and Origin

Lourdes is a girl’s name meaning “craggy slope” and is of French origin. Lourdes is a town located in southwestern France, at the foot of the Pyrenees. The town and its fortress were an important stronghold during medieval times. In the late 1800s,  Lourdes became a large Catholic pilgrimage site after a 14-year-old girl had apparitions of the Virgin Mary. As a given name, Lourdes became popular in France and other predominantly Catholic countries, particularly in the 20th century. It is often considered a religious name, reflecting the town’s association with the Virgin Mary and the Roman Catholic Church. Lourdes is a gorgeous place name with connotations of healing and miracles. And what could be more lovely than to be named after a small town in the south of France? 

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