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Origin, Meaning, And History Of Luke

The name Luke is derived from the Latin form of the Greek word Λουκᾶς (Loukas), which means ‘from Luciana’  or ‘bringer of light.’ Luciana is a geographical region in the southern part of Italy. It is also claimed to have derived from Luke The Evangelist from the Bible. He is one of the authors of the Acts of the Apostles and The Gospel of Luke in the Bible. As a person, Luke was a physician by profession and accompanied Paul, The Apostle. Many have attributed his ethnicity to Greek and consider him a saint and a prominent figure in Christian culture. Luke The Evangelist is also a Christian martyr and the patron saint of surgeons, physicians, artists, butchers, and students. In most paintings, he holds a book, pen, brush, or palette accompanied by a winged ox or calf.

The Latin form Lucas has been a popular name since the medieval ages. Lucky, Luuk, and Loek are its diminutives in English and Dutch. Some variants of Lucas in other languages are Loukas (Biblical Greek), Luc (Welsh), Luka (Serbian/Macedonian/Georgian/Croatian), Lluc (Catalan), Lukács(Hungarian), Luca(Romanian), and Łukasz(Polish). Lucassen is the surname descendant in Dutch.

In fiction, Lucas “Luke” Cage, also known as Power Man, is a fictional superhero in the Marvel Comics Universe. He was one of the first black comic book heroes and a cultural icon. Luke Skywalker is perhaps the most famous fictional character bearing the moniker. He is the protagonist of the Star Wars franchise developed by George Lucas. The character first appeared in Star Wars, released in 1977. His most recent one was from the TV series The Book of Boba Fett in 2022. Luke Hobbs is a character from the Fast & Furious movie franchise. Dwayne Johnson portrays him as a law enforcement agent with a Samoan background. He is physically strong and goes to any length to achieve his objectives.


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Bringer of light
Greek, Judaism
Latin, Greek
1 word, 4 letters, 2 vowels, 2 consonants
Short and easy to pronounce

How To Pronounce Luke?

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Famous People With The Name Luke

  • Luke HemsworthAustralian actor popular for his main role in the science-fiction series Westworld
  • Luke CombsAmerican country singer and Grammy Award nominee
  • Luke EvansWelsh actor and singer known for his roles in movies like Fast & Furious 6, The Hobbit, and Dracula Untold
  • Luke BardAmerican professional baseball pitcher known for his stint with Los Angeles Angels, Tampa Bay Rays, and New York Yankees
  • Luke GossEnglish actor and drummer of Bros, known for his work in movies like Blade II, Hellboy: The Golden Army, and Tekken
  • Luke Del RioAmerican football coach

Luke On The Popularity Chart

Luke has risen steadily on the popularity chart over the last two decades. As per the data released by the Social Security Administration, it is one of the most popular names for boys.

Popularity Over Time

The name started gaining popularity after the 1990s and peaked in 2014 when an average of 10,512 babies per million were bearers of this name.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

From an all-time high of 12,175 in 1983, the name Luke sits on the 17,576th rank on the popularity chart as of 2021.

Source: Social Security Administration

Names With Similar Sound As Luke

Luke has many popular variants. Check out the list below if you are looking for a name with a similar sound.

Popular Sibling Names For Luke

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Boy Sibling Names For Luke

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Girl Sibling Names For Luke

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Other Popular Names Beginning With L

Looking for more baby names starting with the letter L to resonate with your family’s naming tradition or to rhyme with the sibling names? Find a range of alternative names starting with this letter.

Names With Similar Meaning As Luke

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the female version of Luke?

The feminine versions of the name Luke are Lucia, Lucinda, Luzia, Luus, and Lucy.

2. What is the Mexican version of the name Luke?

The Mexican variant of the name Luke is Lucas.

3.Is Luke a royal name?

The name Luke has roots in Greek and also carries Biblical connotations, but it doesn’t specifically have any connection with royal families. However, you can make it royal by giving the title to your little prince.

4. How do I say Luke in French?

The French variant of the name Luke is Luc. The pronunciation of the name Luc is the same as Luke’s.

5. What is a good nickname for Luke?

Lee, Louie, Lu, Lukey, and Luca are some cute nicknames for someone named Luke. You may alter the spellings to make a nickname that you like as well.

6. What are some potential middle names that go well with Luke?

Alexander meaning ‘defender of the people’ complements Luke’s meaning of ‘bringer of light.’ Cole and Atticus are two other options that can add elegance to Luke.

7. What are some positive traits or characteristics associated with individuals named Luke?

According to numerology, Luke is associated with the number 5 which denotes leadership and a spirit of adventure. They are also keen on maintaining physical fitness and they live for new experiences.

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