Lucas is the Latin form of Greek Loukas meaning “from Lucania”, the latter the name of an ancient 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”. Lucas is also a surname derived from the given name.

Nicknames: Luke, Luc

Origin: Proto-Indo-European



  • Luc (French)
  • 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)


Female forms:

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


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