Luca Name Meaning

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Luca is derived from the Latin name, Lucas, meaning “bringer of light.” Some people also believe the name may be derived from the Latin word, “lucus” which means “sacred wood.” In Italy, the name is thought to mean “man from Luciana,” a reference to an ancient district in southern Italy. The biblical figure, Luke, has also made Luca a popular Christian name.

  • Origin: Luca is thought to have Latin and Italian origins. 
  • Gender: The name Luca is predominantly given to boys, but it can be given to children of any gender. In Hungary, the name Luca is a predominantly female name, although it’s pronounced differently.
  • Pronunciation: Loo-ka

Although many baby names are separated by gender, Verywell Family believes that sex does not need to play a role in your name selection process. It’s important to select a name that you feel suits your new baby the best.

How Popular is the Name Luca? 

The name Luca began to garner the most popularity in the early 2000s. At the turn of the century, 297 babies were given the name Luca, According to data from the Social Security Administration, 4,785 boys were given the name Luca in 2020. It is the 67th most common name for boys in the United States. This is the peak of its popularity thus far.

Name Variations 

While the name Luca has Latin and Italian origins, there are variations from other cultures you may want to consider.

  • Lluc (Catalan)
  • Luc (Welsh)
  • Louka (French)
  • Loukas (Greek)
  • Lucas (Latin)
  • Lukas (Danish)
  • Łukasz (Polish)
  • Luke (Biblical) 
  • Luuk (Dutch)

Similar Names

If you like the name Luca, consider these similar names: 

  • Declan 
  • Ezra
  • Finn
  • Levi
  • Liam
  • Lucius
  • Luna
  • Michael
  • Micah
  • Noah 
  • Olivia

Common Nicknames

  • Luke
  • Lou
  • Lu
  • Luki

Suggested Sibling Names 

If you are considering naming your baby Luca, here are a few complimentary sibling names:

  • Arianna 
  • Dominic
  • Emma
  • Ezra
  • Gavin
  • Gianna
  • Isabella
  • Michael 
  • Oliver
  • Sophia

Famous People Named Luca    

If you are wondering who else might share a name with your baby, here are some of the most famous people named Luca: 

  • Luca Badoer, Italian racecar driver 
  • Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, Italian businessman and former chairman of Ferrari
  • Luca della Robbia, Italian sculptor  
  • Luca Ekler, Hungarian athlete (100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, and long jump)
  • Luca Garza, American basketball player
  • Luca Guadagnino, Italian movie director 
  • Luca Homonnai, Hungarian athlete (sprint canoeing)
  • Luca Ivankovic, Croatian basketball player 
  • Luca Kozák, Hungarian athlete (sprint hurdles)
  • Luca Prodan, Italian musician 
  • Luca Sardelis, Australian actress 
  • Luca Toni, Italian soccer player 
  • Luca Zidane, French soccer player 
  • Saint Luke, the patron saint of artists, students, physicians, and surgeons

More Baby Names

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