English form of the Greek name Λουκας (Loukas)
which meant "from Lucania", Lucania being a region in southern Italy (of uncertain meaning). Saint
Luke, the author of the third Gospel and Acts in the New Testament
, was a doctor who travelled in the company of Saint Paul
. Due to his renown, the name became common in the Christian world (in various spellings). As an English name, Luke
has been in use since the 12th century. A famous fictional bearer was the hero Luke Skywalker from the 'Star Wars' movies.