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Meaning: man from Lucania; light

Origin: Greek, Latin

Related names: Lukas, Luciano, Luka, Lucian

Use the force! Lucas and Luke are Latin versions of the Greek name Loukas. The name’s meaning is found as both “man from Lucania” and “light.” The names have been popular for centuries due to the Gospel of Luke in the New Testament. However, Luke Skywalker from Star Wars was responsible for the boost both names saw after the first movie was released in 1977. Luke Perry may also have contributed to another boost in the 1990s when he was on Beverly Hills, 90210 (he had a similar effect on his character’s name, Dylan). Lucas and Luke have been closely matched on the U.S. charts since the 1980s, with Luke having the slight edge for most of that time. However, in 2009, Lucas took over and ranked #39 with Luke not far behind at #48.

By The Numbers

U.S. Rank by Year

2000: 59

2004: 41

2008: 43

Rank of Similar Names in 2008

Lucas 46

Luca 304

Louis 351

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