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Meaning & History

English form of the Greek name Λουκας (Loukas) which meant "from Lucania", Lucania being a region in southern Italy (of uncertain meaning). Luke was a doctor who travelled in the company of the apostle Paul. According to tradition, he was the author of the third gospel and Acts in the New Testament. He was probably of Greek ethnicity. He is considered a saint by many Christian denominations.

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 alongside the Latin form Lucas. A famous fictional bearer was the hero Luke Skywalker from the 'Star Wars' movies, beginning in 1977.
VariantLucas English
DiminutiveLucky English
Other Languages & CulturesLoukas Biblical Greek Lucas Biblical Latin Lluc Catalan Luka Croatian Lukáš Czech Lukas Danish Lucas, Luuk Dutch Luukas Finnish Luc, Lucas French Luka Georgian Luca, Lukas German Loukas Greek Lukács Hungarian Lúcás Irish Luca Italian Lukas Lithuanian Luka Macedonian Lukas Norwegian Łukasz Polish Lucas Portuguese Luca Romanian Luka Russian Luka Serbian Lukáš Slovak Luka Slovene Lucas Spanish Lukas Swedish
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Depiction of Luke the Evangelist from the 9th centuryDepiction of Luke the Evangelist from the 9th century


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