Lucy Name Meaning

What’s not to love about Lucy? An English name meaning “of the light,” Lucy is a vintage stunner with endless appeal.

A shortened form of Lucille and Lucia, little Lucy is an adorable name full of pizzazz. She’s sassier than the similar Leah and Lily but just as sweet, sharing her name with the lovable title character in I Love Lucy. She’s wonderfully light and airy, never too refined for a laugh or round of fun. She’s also relaxed, free from the confines of formality and able to be whoever she wants to be. She isn’t dictated by centuries or history or traditions, instead setting out on her own to make the most of life.

Lucy was a baby name favorite in the early 20th century before falling out of favor in the late 1960s. When she came back around in the 2000s, she returned with a vengeance, quickly climbing back into the Top 100.

She’s been a literary love for years with appearances in The Chronicles of Narnia and Villette. Soft in sound and eternally youthful, it’s no surprise that authors love Lucy. She’s also a saintly name with Saint Lucy being the patron saint of the blind and writers.

Lucy has some surprisingly cute nicknames despite her tiny size from the lovely Lulu to the chic CeCe.

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Lucy Name Popularity

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

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 75 1,263 0.3587%
1911 77 1,277 0.3429%
1912 79 1,607 0.3187%
1913 77 1,838 0.3242%
1914 73 2,289 0.3285%
1915 79 2,797 0.3079%
1916 84 2,872 0.2973%
1917 86 2,919 0.2918%
1918 89 3,098 0.2887%
1919 91 2,994 0.2859%
1920 94 3,007 0.2704%
1921 93 3,138 0.274%
1922 93 2,958 0.2655%
1923 92 2,992 0.2671%
1924 97 2,951 0.2541%
1925 102 2,743 0.2427%
1926 106 2,529 0.2299%
1927 112 2,520 0.2277%
1928 113 2,297 0.2147%
1929 117 2,096 0.2024%
1930 119 2,092 0.2003%
1931 127 1,803 0.1827%
1932 128 1,809 0.1831%
1933 129 1,721 0.1847%
1934 134 1,623 0.1679%
1935 141 1,482 0.1525%
1936 147 1,414 0.1468%
1937 151 1,427 0.1448%
1938 154 1,407 0.1374%
1939 155 1,372 0.1349%
1940 154 1,364 0.1283%
1941 156 1,415 0.1257%
1942 173 1,318 0.1044%
1943 176 1,298 0.0994%
1944 179 1,183 0.0955%
1945 178 1,115 0.0914%
1946 196 1,210 0.082%
1947 204 1,295 0.0776%
1948 200 1,320 0.0827%
1949 195 1,370 0.0852%
1950 207 1,270 0.0789%
1951 216 1,244 0.0734%
1952 204 1,380 0.0791%
1953 200 1,547 0.0874%
1954 200 1,514 0.0828%
1955 215 1,380 0.075%
1956 222 1,336 0.0707%
1957 230 1,316 0.0684%
1958 242 1,209 0.064%
1959 252 1,180 0.0621%
1960 267 1,099 0.058%
1961 279 1,054 0.0558%
1962 288 978 0.0533%
1963 305 889 0.0495%
1964 301 911 0.0518%
1965 308 830 0.0508%
1966 321 714 0.0457%
1967 339 641 0.0422%
1968 340 627 0.0418%
1969 389 544 0.0353%
1970 443 454 0.0285%
1971 470 380 0.0253%
1972 450 374 0.0275%
1973 494 306 0.0236%
1974 483 321 0.0247%
1975 529 283 0.022%
1976 512 301 0.0234%
1977 579 254 0.0188%
1978 598 236 0.0176%
1979 549 294 0.0209%
1980 485 391 0.0267%
1981 488 382 0.026%
1982 457 425 0.0284%
1983 485 363 0.0246%
1984 487 373 0.0251%
1985 464 414 0.0273%
1986 433 460 0.0305%
1987 439 467 0.0306%
1988 435 483 0.031%
1989 444 508 0.0315%
1990 452 505 0.0305%
1991 476 470 0.0288%
1992 472 481 0.0301%
1993 484 483 0.031%
1994 471 495 0.0323%
1995 445 540 0.0358%
1996 407 603 0.0403%
1997 379 668 0.0452%
1998 390 673 0.045%
1999 366 779 0.052%
2000 322 956 0.0626%
2001 307 1,004 0.0666%
2002 258 1,190 0.0794%
2003 219 1,457 0.0958%
2004 203 1,619 0.1062%
2005 170 1,957 0.128%
2006 151 2,253 0.1439%
2007 135 2,553 0.1618%
2008 112 3,068 0.1985%
2009 101 3,171 0.2122%
2010 75 3,634 0.2522%
2011 72 3,696 0.2594%
2012 66 3,806 0.2671%
2013 66 3,944 0.277%
2014 61 4,293 0.2947%
2015 55 4,543 0.3122%
2016 54 4,592 0.3185%
2017 52 4,564 0.327%
2018 51 4,354 0.3169%
2019 48 4,444 0.3283%

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Names Like Lucy

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


What names are diminutives of Lucy?

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

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Lou

A sometime diminutive or pet form of Louise.

Loulou

Light

Latin

Lu

Famous warrior; light

Latin

Luce

Light

Latin

Lulu

Precious; pearl; calm, peaceful, protected

Latin


What names are variants of Lucy?

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

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Lucetta

Latin

Lucette

Light

Latin

Luci

Light

Latin

Lucia

Of the light

Italian

Luciana

Light

Italian

Lucianna

Light

Latin

Lucida

Light

Latin

Lucie

Light

Latin

Lucienne

Light

Latin

Lucile

Light

Latin

Lucilia

Light

Latin

Lucilla

Light

Latin

Lucille

Of the light

French

Lucina

Light

Latin

Lucinda

A variant form of Lucy.

Latin

Lucine

Light

Latin

Lucita

Spanish

Lucyja

Light

Latin

Lucyna

Light

Latin

Lucza

Light

Latin

Lusita

Light

Spanish

Luz

Light

Spanish

Luzija

Light

Latin


What names sound like Lucy?

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

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Lace

French

Lacey

French

Laci

French

Lacy

French

Lesy

Man's defender

Greek

Lily

Lily flower

English

Lizy

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

Lusa

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew


What names are similar to Lucy?

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

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Daisy

Daisy flower

English

Holly

The holly tree

English

June

Month of June

Latin

Maggie

Pearl

English

Mia

Dear

Scandinavian

Millie

Gentle strength

English

Molly

Of the sea

English

Nora

Honorable one

Latin

Ruby

Red gemstone

English

Sadie

Princess

Hebrew


Lists With Lucy

Find inspiration in these baby girl name lists featuring the name Lucy.


Siblings of Lucy

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

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Isabella

Devoted to God

Italian

Jonas

Dove

Hebrew

Deacon

Dusty one; servant; messenger

Greek

Lily

Lily flower

English

Miles

Soldier

Latin

7 Comments

  1. We love the name!

  2. We first chose it to honor a family member; we gravitated towards the meaning (light) and the fact that it was classic and had a universal appeal. Our other children are Miles and Amelia and we thought Lucy sounded great with those names as well.

  3. I chose the name Lucy after my grandmother. Lucy is my 3rd child, but I miscarried during my second pregnancy and after my miscarriage I would always dream of my grandma Lucy and throughout my pregnancy, so when I found out I was pregnant again we decided her name would be Lucy.

  4. It wasn’t on the list but as soon as we heard it (and realised we finally found one we agreed on) we just knew it was the name for our baby.

  5. We loved “L” names for girls and how simple and classic Lucy was.

  6. My husband always wanted a daughter named Lucille.

  7. Lucy it means light and I want her to be in the light , I wanted her to love the light of the world ! I chose it for the meaning and my desire that my kids will have a love for God.


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