Meaning and Origin of: Lucas

Boy name origins & meanings

lucas baby name

  • Latin : Bringer of light
  • Greek : Patron saint of doctors, artists, and creatives
  • English : Bringer of light

Syllables: 2

Family name origins & meanings

  • English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, etc. : from the Latin personal name Lucas (Greek Loukas) ‘man from Lucania’. Lucania is a region of southern Italy thought to have been named in ancient times with a word meaning ‘bright’ or ‘shining’. Compare Lucio. The Christian name owed its enormous popularity throughout Europe in the Middle Ages to St. Luke the Evangelist, hence the development of this surname and many vernacular derivatives in most of the languages of Europe. Compare Luke. This is also found as an Americanized form of Greek Loukas.
  • Scottish : reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Lùcais (see McLucas).
  • As a French name Lucas has been recorded in Canada since 1653, taken to Trois Rivières, Quebec, by one Lucas-Lépine from Normandy.

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According to Social Security Administration data, Lucas broke the top 10 for the first time in 2018. It has gradually risen in popularity, from position 83 in 2000, to position 35 in 2010. It is at its peak popularity, ranking number 8 for the last three years.

However, it is the 46th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Lucas was at its peak popularity in December 2015 to January 2016.

Although the name Lucas has been in use since biblical times, it is at its peak popularity today in the number eight spot. The name is a popular modern-day alternative to the name Luke. Today its more popular than ever thanks to characters in popular shows like EastEnders, One Tree Hill, and Stranger Things.

Where is it Popular?

Lucas was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Lucas

  • Luca
  • Luke
  • Lou

Pairs well with these middle names