Luke Name Meaning

Luke is a name derived from the Greek Loukas, meaning “from Lucania.” He’s strong in sound, exuding a presence that can’t be ignored. He’s less formal than the longer Lucas but hardly feels like a nickname. Much like Liam, he stands his ground just fine on his own two feet and has nipped at his heels in popularity throughout history.

The name is popular among Christians, as Luke is a biblical name. Appearing in the New Testament with the Gospel of Luke, the name has strong ties to the religion and is often seen in Sunday school circles and play groups. Similarly, the name has a strong following among Star Wars fans as character Luke Skywalker has a commanding presence in the series. This usage gives him a hefty dose of action hero cool factor.

Luke has aged gracefully over the years, never seeming dated or trendy thanks to his slow climb and consistent popularity. He isn’t a name seen everywhere, yet he’s easily recognizable as a familiar favorite. He’s also short and to the point, avoiding the worry of silly or unwanted nicknames.

Those looking for variants of the name can explore longer versions like Lucas/Lukasor Luka/Luca. For similar names, try out Jack, Jude, or Paul.

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Luke Name Popularity

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

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 288 37 0.0105%
1911 396 21 0.0056%
1912 448 39 0.0077%
1913 403 73 0.0129%
1914 379 117 0.0168%
1915 416 125 0.0138%
1916 411 140 0.0145%
1917 446 119 0.0119%
1918 459 125 0.0116%
1919 470 121 0.0116%
1920 491 116 0.0104%
1921 494 120 0.0105%
1922 449 150 0.0135%
1923 467 131 0.0117%
1924 440 154 0.0133%
1925 493 114 0.0101%
1926 482 122 0.0111%
1927 508 108 0.0098%
1928 505 110 0.0103%
1929 493 104 0.01%
1930 513 95 0.0091%
1931 486 99 0.01%
1932 436 129 0.0131%
1933 597 59 0.0063%
1934 565 74 0.0077%
1935 528 80 0.0082%
1936 550 72 0.0075%
1937 569 68 0.0069%
1938 538 80 0.0078%
1939 523 82 0.0081%
1940 554 76 0.0072%
1941 583 68 0.006%
1942 627 63 0.005%
1943 569 80 0.0061%
1944 582 71 0.0057%
1945 561 73 0.006%
1946 593 77 0.0052%
1947 532 119 0.0071%
1948 526 115 0.0072%
1949 526 119 0.0074%
1950 532 120 0.0075%
1951 526 124 0.0073%
1952 575 106 0.0061%
1953 583 107 0.006%
1954 538 138 0.0075%
1955 505 167 0.0091%
1956 479 204 0.0108%
1957 457 239 0.0124%
1958 426 298 0.0158%
1959 437 294 0.0155%
1960 387 375 0.0198%
1961 387 379 0.0201%
1962 398 371 0.0202%
1963 397 369 0.0206%
1964 378 396 0.0225%
1965 409 333 0.0204%
1966 413 296 0.019%
1967 419 289 0.019%
1968 403 331 0.022%
1969 373 404 0.0262%
1970 352 495 0.0311%
1971 349 482 0.0321%
1972 320 532 0.0391%
1973 285 602 0.0464%
1974 263 699 0.0538%
1975 256 748 0.0582%
1976 221 902 0.07%
1977 187 1,233 0.0915%
1978 137 1,889 0.1405%
1979 110 2,473 0.1754%
1980 97 3,109 0.2126%
1981 100 3,016 0.2052%
1982 118 2,473 0.1655%
1983 105 2,640 0.1789%
1984 110 2,472 0.1662%
1985 106 2,739 0.1805%
1986 106 2,646 0.1753%
1987 111 2,591 0.1698%
1988 119 2,617 0.1679%
1989 121 2,705 0.1676%
1990 118 2,871 0.1732%
1991 113 3,014 0.1849%
1992 93 4,064 0.2546%
1993 87 4,352 0.2791%
1994 91 4,090 0.2665%
1995 82 4,628 0.3071%
1996 75 5,016 0.335%
1997 78 4,952 0.3348%
1998 75 5,284 0.353%
1999 67 6,136 0.4097%
2000 59 7,142 0.4675%
2001 50 8,005 0.5313%
2002 46 8,692 0.58%
2003 46 9,299 0.6112%
2004 41 9,593 0.6294%
2005 41 10,004 0.6543%
2006 43 10,085 0.6441%
2007 46 9,603 0.6086%
2008 43 9,417 0.6093%
2009 47 8,616 0.5765%
2010 41 8,838 0.6133%
2011 39 8,701 0.6107%
2012 37 9,008 0.6321%
2013 34 9,568 0.672%
2014 28 10,503 0.7209%
2015 28 10,270 0.7058%
2016 29 9,974 0.6918%
2017 30 9,163 0.6565%
2018 29 8,577 0.6243%
2019 32 8,375 0.6187%

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Names Like Luke

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


What names are diminutives of Luke?

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

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Lou

Famous warrior

German

Louie

Famous warrior

German

Luck

From Lucanus

Greek

Lucky

Fortunate

Modern


What names are variants of Luke?

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

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Loukas

From Lucania

Greek

Luc

From Lucanus

Greek

Lucas

From Lucania

Latin

Luce

Light

Latin

Lucian

Light

Latin

Lucien

Light; from Lucanus

Latin

Lucio

Light; from Lucanus

Latin

Lucius

From Lucanus

Greek

Lukacs

From Lucanus

Greek

Lukacz
Lukan

From Lucania

Latin

Lukas

From Lucania

German

Luken

From Lucania

American


What names sound like Luke?

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

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Juke

Dance Suggestively

American

Lucaster

A variant form of Lucius.

Luz

Light

Spanish


What names are similar to Luke?

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

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
David

Beloved

Hebrew

Joel

Yahweh is God

Hebrew

John

God is gracious

Hebrew

Matthew

Gift of God

Hebrew

Michael

Who is Like God?

Hebrew

Noah

To rest

Hebrew

Paul

Small

Latin

Samuel

Name of God

Hebrew

Simon

He has heard

Hebrew

Thomas

Twin

Greek


Lists With Luke

Find inspiration in these baby boy name lists featuring the name Luke.


Siblings of Luke

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

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Anna

Gracious

Hebrew

Graceann
Miah

Spanish

Izabella

Devoted to God

Italian

Caleb

Whole heart

Hebrew

Matthew

Gift of God

Hebrew

Destiny

Determined fate

English

James

Supplanter

English

Lily

Lily flower

English

Emila

Rival; laborious; eager

Latin

20 Comments

  1. We wanted a short name, for some reason I don’t like when people shorten names.

  2. We loved the name Luke, simple classic & strong.

  3. We chose Luke because it’s a Biblical name, everyone can pronounce it, and there aren’t any Lukes on either side of the family.

  4. Luke is one of the four gospels from the Bible (New Testament) I chose Luke because people with the name Luke always have good characters and Luke was a saint who wrote the book of Luke in the New Testament.

  5. Luke is my middle child and he is just wonderful . He loves to play with other kids and enjoy going to church and Sunday school.

  6. Its a cute country sounding name

  7. Luke means light, I love the idea of my boy bringing light to everyone wherever he goes. I believe when we speak baby’s name it’s what we are speaking over them. So we chose Luke and at only 10 days old he’s been a joy and light to our lives! Luke is also the male version of the name Lucy which was my grandmas name, so we did it also to honor her.

  8. We chose this name because my husband wanted an L name since he’s an N and our first son is an M so L M N and it’s biblical our other sons name is biblical also

  9. We love the Christian ties to the name Luke and that it is also Irish

  10. It means light.

  11. It was the one we finally agreed on! My husband and I both prefer more traditional names, but he didn’t care for the ones I was suggesting but he wasn’t adding to the list either. One day, I told him to pick from a shortened, ‘final’ list and he picked Luke. It was the one I had picked without telling him, so that was cool too. We both just had peace that it was the right name if we had a boy. Now, we both love our choice and we think it fits our son very well.

  12. I chose my sons name because he was born on May 4th which is Star Wars day. So his name is from Star Wars of Luke Skywalker.

  13. hi moms
    so Luke’s first name is
    Tarrador I initially fell in love with that name..
    his grandfather picked the name Luke from the bible.
    I love the name Luke as well….its from the bible …
    Luke is my precious little boy..

  14. Biblical
    Classic/ common
    Easy to say/ Spell
    Masculine
    Goes well w/ our other children’s names

  15. I’ve always loved this name. It was placed on my heart ever since I found out we were having a boy. I appreciate that it’s a Biblical name meaning light giving. Luke was an important figure in the Bible, his telling of Easter is the one referenced too each year.

  16. Luke, of love and light felt like a strong name to me and my husband. We had 3 or 4 names to choose from and waited to meet him until we chose a name. Once we met him we both agreed he was a Luke and to this day, his name suits him. He is a ray of sunshine!

  17. Meaning: Light. Strong sounding. Classic, readable and won’t go out of style. Cannot be made into a nickname. One syllable (to match a complicated last name.)

  18. We were looking for a strong, male name that could also suit a young boy. My husband liked Jack, but I wasn’t a huge fan. Then we thought of Luke. It’s a very strong name, suits both a boy and a man. I’ve never met a Luke I haven’t liked, and in fact, every Luke I can think of is…awesome. There’s Luke, the physician and disciple, from the Bible, which we loved, considering we wanted a biblical name. Plus, my husband is a huge Star Wars fan and actually considered making his middle name Skywalker, but I quickly stopped that idea before it got out of hand. We didn’t choose between Luke and Jack until we met him. We saw him, and he was Luke. We love the name even more now. I have no complaints, except THREE of my Facebook friends named their newborn sons Luke right after we had our Luke. I guess I can take it as a compliment to the awesome name I chose 🙂

  19. Luke means “light” and we wanted a name that reminded us of Gods Name “jehovah-Or” the God of Light. we’re hoping he will be a light colored boy too so the name suits his complexion too haha


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