Lucas Name Meaning

A famous surname of Star Wars proportions and classic first name choice, Lucas has steadily risen from obscurity to become a vintage charmer of the baby name charts. He’s a Latin derivation of the Greek Loukas meaning “from Lucania.”

Lucas manages to be both rugged and refined, at home in the woods and boardroom alike. He’s not a name that’s straddled by obvious meaning, free to be the man he’s destined to be without interference. A little Lucas is teeming with personality, ready to take on the wilds of the backyard and playground as well as cuddle up for story time. He ages well, growing from an adventurous adolescent to an admirable adult without much of a fuss.

On trend with the L name craze for boys including Logan, Liam, and Levi, Lucas separates himself from the rest of the L pack with his old-school charm similar to Samuel, Henry, and Charles. He also has the popular biblical nickname of Luke as well as the ever so spunky Luca or Luka.

Lucas is a name that wears well across cultures as he appears in many languages including Dutch, French, and Spanish. His alternative spelling of Lukas stands apart, distinctly European with his inner K.

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Lucas Name Popularity

How popular is the name Lucas? Here’s everything we know.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 0 0%
1911 0 0%
1912 0 0%
1913 0 0%
1914 0 0%
1915 0 0%
1916 0 0%
1917 1,430 5 0.0005%
1918 1,228 8 0.0007%
1919 0 0%
1920 1,256 9 0.0008%
1921 1,443 6 0.0005%
1922 1,362 7 0.0006%
1923 1,143 12 0.0011%
1924 1,635 5 0.0004%
1925 1,446 6 0.0005%
1926 1,054 16 0.0015%
1927 1,597 5 0.0005%
1928 1,391 6 0.0006%
1929 1,161 11 0.0011%
1930 1,430 5 0.0005%
1931 0 0%
1932 1,334 6 0.0006%
1933 1,451 5 0.0005%
1934 1,059 12 0.0012%
1935 1,113 11 0.0011%
1936 0 0%
1937 0 0%
1938 1,360 5 0.0005%
1939 1,091 9 0.0009%
1940 1,409 5 0.0005%
1941 1,299 5 0.0004%
1942 1,207 8 0.0006%
1943 1,230 7 0.0005%
1944 0 0%
1945 1,271 6 0.0005%
1946 0 0%
1947 1,149 12 0.0007%
1948 1,240 9 0.0006%
1949 0 0%
1950 1,322 7 0.0004%
1951 1,349 6 0.0004%
1952 1,281 8 0.0005%
1953 1,400 6 0.0003%
1954 0 0%
1955 1,237 11 0.0006%
1956 1,304 8 0.0004%
1957 1,356 7 0.0004%
1958 1,059 19 0.001%
1959 883 36 0.0019%
1960 940 28 0.0015%
1961 928 30 0.0016%
1962 777 55 0.003%
1963 854 38 0.0021%
1964 853 40 0.0023%
1965 790 46 0.0028%
1966 925 27 0.0017%
1967 940 23 0.0015%
1968 808 43 0.0029%
1969 722 72 0.0047%
1970 670 100 0.0063%
1971 574 155 0.0103%
1972 533 171 0.0126%
1973 462 244 0.0188%
1974 315 544 0.0419%
1975 230 867 0.0675%
1976 230 857 0.0665%
1977 203 1,088 0.0807%
1978 136 1,939 0.1442%
1979 108 2,541 0.1802%
1980 98 3,079 0.2106%
1981 88 3,369 0.2292%
1982 106 2,734 0.183%
1983 114 2,357 0.1597%
1984 129 2,105 0.1415%
1985 122 2,311 0.1523%
1986 124 2,191 0.1451%
1987 121 2,318 0.1519%
1988 112 2,706 0.1736%
1989 114 2,860 0.1772%
1990 112 3,087 0.1862%
1991 107 3,236 0.1985%
1992 106 3,377 0.2116%
1993 95 3,916 0.2512%
1994 94 4,010 0.2613%
1995 92 4,076 0.2704%
1996 92 4,103 0.274%
1997 98 4,027 0.2723%
1998 93 4,083 0.2728%
1999 90 4,219 0.2817%
2000 83 4,818 0.3154%
2001 83 4,898 0.3251%
2002 75 5,377 0.3588%
2003 71 5,754 0.3782%
2004 66 6,711 0.4403%
2005 58 7,574 0.4954%
2006 59 8,134 0.5195%
2007 53 8,753 0.5548%
2008 46 9,322 0.6031%
2009 39 9,607 0.6428%
2010 35 10,376 0.72%
2011 29 10,395 0.7296%
2012 27 10,701 0.751%
2013 23 11,544 0.8108%
2014 19 12,151 0.834%
2015 16 12,297 0.8452%
2016 14 12,876 0.8931%
2017 11 12,951 0.9279%
2018 8 12,585 0.916%
2019 8 12,412 0.9169%

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Names Like Lucas

If you like Lucas, you’ll love these other names like Lucas.


What names are diminutives of Lucas?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Lucas sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Lucas, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Lou

Famous warrior

German

Louie

Famous warrior

German

Luc

From Lucanus

Greek

Luca

From Lucania

Italian

Luce

Light

Latin

Lucky

Fortunate

Modern

Luka
Luke

From Lucania

Greek


What names are variants of Lucas?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Lucas.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Loucas
Loukas

From Lucania

Greek

Lucan

From Lucania

Latin

Lucus

From Lucania

American

Lukacs

From Lucanus

Greek

Lukacz
Lukan

From Lucania

Latin

Lukas

From Lucania

German


What names sound like Lucas?

If you like how Lucas sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Lucas.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Julius

Youthful and downy

Greek

Justus

Upright, just

Latin

Lewis

A variant form of Louis.

German

Louis

Famous warrior

French

Louvain

City in Belgium

English

Lucaster

A variant form of Lucius.

Lucian

Light

Latin

Luciano

Light

Latin

Lucien

Light; from Lucanus

Latin

Lucilius

Light

Latin

Lucio

Light; from Lucanus

Latin

Lucius

From Lucanus

Greek

Lugus

Shine

Welsh

Luz

Light

Spanish


What names are similar to Lucas?

Find a name that’s like Lucas, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Benjamin

A favorite son

Hebrew

Daniel

God is My Judge

Hebrew

Elias

My God is Yahweh

Hebrew

Henry

Home ruler

English

Isaac

He will laugh

Hebrew

Jacob

Supplanter

Hebrew

Joel

Yahweh is God

Hebrew

Josiah

God supports

Hebrew

Nathan

He gave

Hebrew

William

A willing protector

German


Lists With Lucas

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Siblings of Lucas

Mamas with kids named Lucas also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Lydia

From Lydia

Greek

Aubrey

Elf ruler

English

Baileigh

Berry clearing; bailiff; city fortification

English

Jackson

Son of Jack

English

Benjamin

A favorite son

Hebrew

Bentley

Bent grass meadow

English

Kevin

Handsome

Irish

Kassie

American

Emily

To excel

Latin

Nathan

He gave

Hebrew

Roman

One from Rome

Latin

Austin

Great

English

26 Comments

  1. My husband and I chose it long before we were married. We really liked “Luke” but found it sounded better with our last name to make it Lucas with the nickname being Luke. My husband is a Star Wars Fan, so that the name being the same as one off the main characters was an added bonus for him! And Luke is a Saints name (we are Catholic) so that was also a plus!
    We were concerned about Lucas name and what people would do to change it to make fun of him. Our worst fear was confirmed when Grandpa walked in and called Lucas “Pucas” because he had spit up all over an outfit we wanted him to wear.
    Still, I’m very happy we went with the name Lucas because I think it fits our son perfectly!

  2. A strong name that is italian based ( meaning “from the island of Lucania”). I feel it is romantic and flexible as he can choose to be nicknamed Luke if he wishes.

  3. We chose Lucas because of the current state of the world feels isolating and dark right now. Lucas means light. Also, we’re Star Wars fans and Lucas is the last name of George Lucas, and for a nickname Luke. Husband was excited to say, Luke, I am your Father, lol. Finally, I wanted to choose a biblical name, and Luke is the author of both the gospel and Acts.

  4. The meaning

  5. it means bringer of light. He was our rainbow baby and born at home in the beginning of the pandemic. He gave us hope. And then we discovered he had 3 holes in his heart and now needs open heart surgery to survive. God has been giving us grace and teaching us so much through these trials. I feel like his light is shining through Lucas into me.

  6. My husband wanted a name that would be easy for him. We chose Lucas because it’s a good name that’s easy to spell and say. I am also a Star Wars fan and it reminds me of the director George Lucas

  7. I need your help
    I need a third name after
    Oliver William
    Please help me with the third name

    thanks

  8. Loves his blankets and teething

  9. Dad picked the name.

  10. We had a terrible loss of a baby to SIDS and Lucas means light – he is our light after the dark

  11. His name means “light” and we need more of that in this world.

  12. It was my husbands birth name before it was changed to Josef.
    I love everything about his name especially the story behind his name.

  13. I just love it

  14. My husband’s birth name that got changed to josef when he got adopted.
    That it was husbands name.

  15. It was my husband birth name.
    I love everything about the name lucas.

  16. From the bible

  17. We chose the name “Lucas Josiah” for our baby because of its meaning – “light” and “God heals.” God has used our baby boy in such sweet ways to bring light and healing into our lives after 2 miscarriages, so it seemed like the perfect name for him. We hope that he will seek to reflect the true Light as he grows older and that God will continue to use his sweet disposition as a source of healing to those around him.

  18. Lucas my husband had chosen because he’s a huge star wars fan ?
    James is my husband’s middle name. So Lucas James

  19. We both liked it! It was the first one my husband and I agreed on.

  20. It means “Bringer of light”, which as Christians we absolutely love!

  21. He is our fourth boy, so we had kind of run out of names. My brother suggested it a few months prior as a name they were considering for their first, but when they discovered they were having a girl the name was up for grabs. Initially, I didn’t think we were interested in it, but it grew on us!

  22. The priest who married us is Fr Lucas (we love him and the name) and as priests are (typically) childless we decided to honor him by naming our son after him. Also, for St Luke–one of the Gospel writers and a physician. My husband has always admired St. Luke.

  23. My son is so adorable and chunky

  24. Lucas is actually the American version of my husband’s maternal grandmother’s Italian maiden name!

  25. My husband likes the name Luke and I liked Luca so we settled on Lucas. I like everything about the name Lucas – the pronunciation, spelling.

  26. We named our son Lucas after the biblical Luke. We also liked that it was not overly popular at the time (now it is more so), and that it could be shortened to Luke if he wanted. His middle name is Elijah.


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