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Lucas (Luke) - Names

Meaning of the name Lucas (Luke)

Gender:

Male

Meaning:

‘The bright one’ (from Latin: lux - ‘light’)

History & etymology:

The name Lucas and its English variant Luke stem from Latin and are used alongside in the English-speaking world. Lucas has been borrowed directly from Latin. The name is a cognate of another Latin name, Lucius, meaning ‘the bright one’, from the noun lux: ‘light’.

According to some sources, Lucas could have come from the Greek name Loukas, which means ‘from Luciana’ (a place in southern Italy) but there is no credible proof of such etymology.

Lucas is used as a surname, too.

The best known patron saint of the name is St. Lucas, the writer of one of the four Gospels, physician and Apostle Paul’s loyal companion. The way his Gospel is written indicates that he was preoccupied with fate of the poor and the sick. Luke seems to have been an advocate of social justice and equality of women. Luke’s Gospel contains more detailed descriptions of Virgin Mary’s life than the other Gospels.

St. Luke is a patron saint of physicians and surgeons. His feast day is celebrated on 18th October.

Alternative spellings & nicknames:

Lukas, Luca
Diminutive: Lucky

Similar names in other languages & name days:

Austria
18th October: Lukas

Czech Republic
18th October: Lukáš

Finland
18th October: Luukas

France
18th October: Luc

Germany
18th October: Lukas

Poland
17th February, 22nd April, 10th September, 18th October, 31st October: Łukasz

Spain
18th October: Lucas

USA
18th October: Lucas, Luke, Luca

Famous people named Lucas/Luke:

Lucas Adas (1993-) - American actor
Luke Benward (1995-) - American actor
Luke Bilyk (1994-) - Canadian actor
Lucas Black (1982) - American actor
Luke Bryan (1976-) - American country singer
Luke Evans (1979-) - Welsh actor
Lukas Graham (1988-) - Danish singer
Lukas Haas (1976-) - American actor
Luke Hemsworth (1981-) - Australian actor
Luke Hemmings (1996-) - Australian pop singer
Luke Mitchell (1985-) - Australian actor
Lukas Moodysson (1969-) - Swedish director and author
Lucas Neff (1985-) - American actor
Lukas Podolski (1985-) - German football player of Polish origin

Lucas Till (1990-) - American actor

Fun facts:

Popularity (2015)

Lucas

USA: 16th                 
England and Wales: 27th                 
Canada: 5th                 
Australia: 7th                 
New Zealand: 14th                 
Northern Ireland: 35th                 
Ireland: 82nd                 
Scotland: 7th                 

Belgium: 4th
Chile: 13th
Denmark: 3rd
France: 2nd
Netherlands: 3rd
Norway: 26th
Spain: 9th
Sweden: 2nd

Luke

USA: 28th
England and Wales: 58th
Canada: 41st     
Australia: 66th
New Zealand: 35th
Northern Ireland: 15th
Ireland: 10th
Scotland: 44th

Lucky colors: red, violet
Lucky stone: Ruby
Ruling planet: Mars
Characteristics: kind, balanced, diplomatic, patient, tactful

Luke is the name of a fictional character in Star Wars movies.

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