Origin, Meaning, And History Of Lucy
A short and saucy name of Latin origin, Lucy means lux or light. Lucy translates as Lucia in Roman, a feminine variant of the Roman praenomen Lucius. The masculine version of this name is Lucius. It implies someone born at dawn, perhaps shiny, or having a light complexion.
There is not much data about the earliest mention of this name. However, some historical name bearers can be traced to ancient times. Saint Lucy, born in 283 A.D., was a Christian martyr revered as a saint by Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, and Orthodox Christians. Saint Lucy is one of those rare Christians celebrated by members of the Lutheran Church among the Scandinavians who participate in the Saint Lucy’s Day celebrations. She is also one of the seven women celebrated by name in the Canon of the Mass.
The Gaelic variants of the name Lucy are O’Luasaigh and MacCluasaigh, which are prevalent in the southernmost county of Ireland. The name Lucey was first found as a surname in Norfolk, where Henry I of the lordship of Dice mentions the family of Lucy. Some early name bearers of the Lucey family include William Lucy, the High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1400, and Sir Richard Lucy, the first Baronet and an English politician who had a place in the House of Commons between 1647 and 1658.
In pop culture, the name Lucy has been quite prominent. It’s the name of the child that finds Narnia in the book titled ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’ by CS Lewis. Lucy Snowe is the protagonist’s name in Charlotte Bronte’s semi-autobiographical novel Villette. The 1967 hit song by the Beatles’ Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ shows its presence in music. The name is also the title of many hit movies such as the 2014 ‘Lucy,’ ‘I Love Lucey,’ ‘Lucy in the Sky,’ and ‘Wendy and Lucy.’
Thus, this youthful name seems to have a pervasive presence everywhere.
How To Pronounce Lucy?
Famous People With The Name Lucy
- Lucey CliftonAmerican educator and finalist of the Pulitzer Prize
- Lucy LiuAmerican actress and winner of the Critics’ Choice Television Award
- Lucy GreelyIrish American poet known for Autobiography of a Face
- Lucy StoneRenowned American activist and a leading abolitionist and suffragist
- Lucy DavisAmerican show jumping competitor and 2016 Olympian
- Lucy FaustAmerican actress known for Mudbound
- Lucy FloresAmerican politician and a member of the Nevada State Assembly
- Lucy HaleAmerican actress and winner of seven Teen Choice Awards
- Lucy LawlessTelevision actress and singer known for her role in Xena
- Lucy FisherAmerican film producer and former Vice Chairman of the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group
- Lucy JonesAmerican seismologist and public voice for earthquake science
Lucy On The Popularity Chart
This name had humble beginnings in the 1990s. But starting from the 2000s, it has witnessed a dramatic increase in its usage. It is noticeable from the graph below.
Popularity Over Time
This baby name has experienced a steady rise in its popularity over time, especially from 2008 onwards. This chart will help you find out about its growth over the years.Source: Social Security Administration
Rank Over Time
This name has always found a place within the top 500 category. From 2010 onwards, it has ranked among the top 100 baby names.Source: Social Security Administration
Names With Similar Sound As Lucy
Lucy is an easy-to-pronounce and bold name. But if you want to explore other names that sound similar, we’ve got you covered.
Names With Same Meaning As Lucy
There are plenty of lovely names that signify light or brightness. Have a look at them below.