Luke

Luke is the English form of Greek Loukas meaning “from Lucania”, the name of a region in southern Italy. Though the name is of uncertain meaning, Lucania could be related to Greek leukos “white”, “light, bright, shining”, a cognate of Latin lux “light”. It could also be derived from the Latin word lucus (a cognate of lucere “shining, bright”) meaning “sacred wood” or Greek lykos meaning “wolf”. Although it can be used as a given name on its own, it’s also used as a nickname for Lucas/Lukas. It’s also an English surname derived from the given name.

Origin: Ancient Greek

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Variants:

  • Luc (French)
  • Lucas (English, Dutch, French, Portuguese, Spanish)
  • Lukas (German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Lithuanian)
  • Loukas (Greek)
  • Lluc (Catalan)
  • Luka (Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Macedonian, Russian, Georgian)
  • Luca (Italian, Romanian, German)
  • Lukáš (Czech, Slovak)
  • Luukas (Finnish)
  • Lukács (Hungarian)
  • Lúcás (Irish)
  • Łukasz (Polish)
  • Lucky (a diminutive of Luke)

 

Variants:

  • Lucania (Ancient Greek)
  • Lucana (Ancient Greek)

 

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