Lucas Name Meaning

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The name Lucas is from the Greek name Loukas. Interestingly, Lucas also means "man from Lucania," a historical region of southern Italy the name of which is thought to mean white or light. This makes sense since Lucas means "bringer of light" in Latin.

In the Bible, Luke the Evangelist is considered one of the four authors of the gospels. He is thought to have been a physician. Catholics regard him as the patron saint of doctors, artists, and creatives.

  • Origin: Greek and 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 this need not play a role in your name selection process. Instead, 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 (SSA) data. In fact, 2018 was the first year that Lucas broke into the top 10 baby names. SSA shares that peak popularity also occurred in 2020 when 11,281 babies were named Lucas.

Lucas first appeared on the SSA's most popular names list in the 1980s, when the name ranked 112 for that decade. In the 1990s, Lucas ranked at 99, and in the 2000s at 61. Since then, it has continued to climb in popularity, closing out the 2010s at number 17.

Name Variations

There are several variations of Lucas, including:

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

Similar Names

Names that are similar to Lucas include:

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

Names that pair well with Lucas include:

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

Famous People Named Lucas

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

Famous Lucases

  • 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"
  • Luka Modrić, Croatian professional soccer player who plays midfield for the Spanish club Real Madrid and is captain of the Croatia national team

Famous Lukes

  • Coy Luther Perry III, known professionally as Luke Perry, 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 Lucases/Lukes

  • Lucas, 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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By Christine Coppa
Christine is a lifestyle journalist with 17 years of professional experience and the author of the parenting book, Rattled!