Lucas Name Meaning

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What Does Lucas Mean?

Lucas is the Latin derivation of the Greek name Loukas. According to Greek origin, Lucas refers to the Patron Saint of doctors, artists, and creatives.

Interestingly, Lucas also means "man from Lucania" —this correlates to Lucania, a historical region of southern Italy thought to have been named in ancient times with a word meaning bright or shining. This makes sense, since, Lucas means "bringer of light" in Latin.

  • Origin: Greek, Latin
  • Gender: Lucas is a Latin, masculine-given name (from the verb "lucere"). Feminine variations such as Lucille, Luciana, and Lucia are common. Luca and Luka are gender-neutral names.
  • Pronunciation: Loo-kuhs

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 Lucas?

Lucas is the 8th most popular boys name in the U.S. according to 2020 Social Security Administration data. In fact, 2018 was the first year that Lucas broke into the top 10 baby names. Social Security Administration shares that peak popularity also occurred in 2020 when 11,281 people were given the name Lucas.

The name Lucas has international appeal, too. For example, it ranks 3rd in Spain, 5th in the Netherlands and New Zealand, 6th in France, and 11th in Scotland. Lucas hangs in the top 100 boy names worldwide.

Name Variations

  • Luca (Italian)
  • Luc (French)
  • Luka (Slavic)
  • Loukas (Greek)
  • Łukasz (Latin)
  • Luke (Greek)
  • Lukus (Greek)

Similar Names

  • Alexander
  • Benjamin
  • Caleb
  • Elijah
  • Gabriel
  • Liam
  • Logan
  • Noah
  • Oliver
  • Sebastian

Other boy names starting with L:

  • Landon
  • Lawrence
  • Leon
  • Leo
  • Leonardo
  • Lester
  • Levi
  • Lewis
  • Liam
  • Logan
  • Louis
  • Luther
  • Luca
  • Luke

Common Nicknames

Common nicknames for Lucas include:

  • Lou
  • Louie
  • Luca
  • Luke

Suggested Sibling Names

  • Alexander
  • Cayden
  • Harrison
  • Issac
  • Ella
  • Holly
  • Lila
  • Olivia

Famous People Named Lucas

Notable people named Lucas include actors, artists, and athletes. The name and its variations have also popped up on the big and small screens.

Luke Skywalker, a fictional character and the main protagonist of the original film trilogy of the "Star Wars" franchise is perhaps one of the most famous Lukes there is!

Luka Modrić is a Croatian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for the Spanish club Real Madrid. He is the captain of the Croatia national team.

Famous Lucas

  • Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472–1553), German painter
  • Lucas Sebastián Torreira Di Pascua, professional footballer
  • Lucas Hedges, American actor known for his roles in "Ben Is Back," "Lady Bird," "Waves," and "Manchester by the Sea"

Famous Lukes

  • Coy Luther Perry III, known professionally as Luke Perry, was an American actor best known for playing Dylan McKay on the Fox television series "Beverly Hills, 90210."
  • Thomas Luther "Luke" Bryan, American country music singer and songwriter. 
  • Saint Luke was the disciple who wrote the third Gospel in the New Testament.

Fictional Lucas'/Lukes

  • Lucas (Pokémon), the male protagonist of the games Pokémon Diamond and Pearl
  • Lucas Sinclair, portrayed by Caleb McLaughlin on "Stranger Things"
  • Luke Skywalker, a fictional character and the main protagonist of the original film trilogy of the "Star Wars" franchise 
  • Luke Jackson, portrayed by Paul Newman in the 1967 film, "Cool Hand Luke"
  • Lucas Eugene Scott, played by Chad Michael Murray on The WB/CW television series "One Tree Hill"

More Baby Names

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  1. Social Security Administration. Get Ready for Baby: Popularity of a Name. Published 2021.