User comments for Luke (Meaning / History Only)

Luke also has the meaning of light or the bringer of light and knowledge.
dotty  8/5/2005
Luke is the English translation for Luca. Luca derives from "lux" which means "light" in Latin.

Luca (and Luke) means "light", having the same root as Lucy, Lucius. In fact, in the ancient times, Luca was the name given to babies born at dawn, since dawn is the first light (lux) of the day.

Your version about the name's meaning is a commonplace explanation. To say that Luke derives from Lucania is the easiest way to go and it led many people to the same interpreting mistake.

To make you understand, those who says that Luke and Luca derive from Lucania, make the same kind of mistake of those who say that Glen derives from "glenoidal", or even that Amerigo derives from America.
lucaluke  5/7/2007
Lucy is a Latin-origin name and Luke is Greek-origin, so they in fact derive from different sources. One only needs to look at the Greek New Testament to confirm this.
― Anonymous User  5/8/2007
I believe the origin of Luke is the Celtic god Lugh, or Irish Loeg, Latin Lugus and is perhaps related to the Norse Loki. The church has occulted this origin because the gospel writer could not of course bear the name of a pagan god.
albert  6/9/2007
According to Hitchcock's dictionary of Bible names, Luke means Luminous.

In Greek, Luke looks like this:

The Hebrew word for Luminous is as follows
Deborah Reyes  9/2/2009
For those who think "man from Lucania" is a boring meaning for a nice name:

Lucania was named after the tribe who lived in that region of ancient Italy, the Lucani. Their tribal name is thought to either mean "wolf" (their totem animal) or "sacred wood".

So Luke means "man from the place of wolves" or "man from the sacred wood".

Quite interesting really, and even slightly Twilight!
SandSea  1/31/2010
For those who mentioned that Lucania derives from the word for "wood"; in many Slavic languages "lug" (long "u" as in Luke) means "forest/grove". And "wolf" in Slavic it's "volk", thus it could be a dropped "v".
― Anonymous User  1/20/2011
The name is almost certainly related to the Greek word for light or fair and would have referred to a person with light hair and a pale complexion. It is definitely related to the word 'leukemia' which means white blood.
Anton  3/11/2010
Luke = Luc (french) = Lucy = Lucie = Lucas and it all comes form LATIN Lux, meaning "light". I'm obviously repeating other comments, but I'm kinda annoyed to see the "wolf" meaning get so much press when it's clearly not valid.
luxsword  12/9/2012
The origin of the name could also be Latin and mean "luminous" or "light".
Loads of Randomness  6/26/2015
The meaning of the name Luke historically always was 'Light'. This meaning is shown in the footnotes of some Bibles and also interpreted in almost all Baby Name books that were published pre internet, (as well as some more recent ones). It derives from the Greek 'Leukos' meaning 'Light'. It's only since the rise of the internet that the term 'Man from Luciana' has come to fruition, but with very little evidence behind it. Sometimes internet information isn't always precise and yet, often becomes the standard 'truth'. It may be true that it could mean 'man from Luciana', but there's no evidence that it originally meant this and not many old texts claiming that.
― Anonymous User  11/11/2015
Some have stated that Luke is derived from "leukos" the Greek word for light. The Greek word for light is "phos" from where we get words like photography. The name Luke is derived from the word "light" but it's from the Latin word Lux (nominative). Names such as Lucius, Lucas, Lucca and Lucia derive from "Lucis" the genitive form of the Latin word for light.
― Anonymous User  1/1/2017

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