Luce

Luce (pr. loo-che in Italian; loos/ luys in French) is the Italian and French form of Lucia, itself the feminine form of Lucius meaning “light” from Latin lux from the Proto-Indo-European word *lewk- (white; light; bright). It was an Ancient Roman given name that was very popular during its time. Luce is also the Italian word for light. Although generally a female name it has had usage as a male name as well. Luce is also a surname derived from the given name.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

 

Variants:

  • Lucia (Italian, German, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Romanian, Slovak, Ancient Roman)
  • Lucie (French, Czech, English)
  • Lucette (French diminutive of Luce)
  • Lucetta (English)
  • Lucilla (Italian, Ancient Roman diminutive of Lucia)
  • Lucila (Spanish)
  • Llúcia (Catalan)
  • Luca (Hungarian, Croatian)
  • Lucija (Slovene, Croatian)
  • Luus (Limburgish, Dutch)
  • Lucinda (English, Portuguese, Spanish)
  • Lucile (French, English)
  • Lucille (French, English)
  • Luzia (German, Portuguese)
  • Lūcija (Latvian)
  • Liucija (Lithuanian)
  • Łucja (Polish)
  • Lucja (Polish)
  • Lúcia (Portuguese)
  • Liùsaidh (Scottish)
  • Lucía (Spanish)
  • Lleucu (Welsh)

 

Male forms:

  • Lucio (Italian, Spanish)
  • Lucius (Ancient Roman, English)
  • Loukios (Ancient Roman)
  • Lucjusz (Polish)
  • Lúcio (Portuguese)

 

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Locke

Locke comes from a surname of several origins and meanings such as:

  • an English, Dutch, and German surname derived from a place name called Lock, referring to someone who lived near an enclosure or a barrier on a river such as a bridge which could be open and closed at will;
  • it could also be an occupational surname used to refer to a locksmith or a lock-keeper from Old English loc meaning “fastening, lock”;
  • Locke could also have come about as a nickname for someone with curly hair from Old English locc via Proto-Germanic *luka (to bend; turn);
  • I’ve also seen it listed as a romanization of Lok, which is the Cantonese pronunciation of Chinese surname Luo meaning “white horse; camel” with the character 駱 or 骆;
  • it might also be an anglicized form of Gaelic surname O’Lochlainn meaning “son of Lochlainn”, Lochlainn being the Irish form of Lachlan, originally a Scottish nickname used to refer to someone who was from Norway; Lochlainn means “land of the lochs”.

Locke also connotes the idea of closing or fastening something shut, as well as referring to a lock of hair.

Origin: Proto-Germanic, Chinese

Variants:

  • Lock (English)
  • Lokk (English)
  • Lok (Cantonese, English)

 

Lucky

Lucky is an English word referring to something or someone having or is marked by good luck or someone or something that is fortunate, and often used as a nickname for someone who is lucky though it could also be used as a given name. Lucky is also a surname derived from the given name Luke/Lucas, 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”.

Origin: Greek, Latin

 

Variants:

  • Luck

 

Lennox

Lennox comes from a surname via a place name in Scotland meaning “place of the elms” or “elm field” from Gaelic Leamhnachd made up of Gaelic elements leamhan (elm) and the locational suffix ach (field), likely referring to a place near elm trees. It was first anglicized as Leuenaichs and later as Levanaux and Levenex before finally becomming Lennox.

Origin: Gaelic

Variants:

  • Lenox (English)
  • Lenix (English)
  • Lennix (English)

 

Landry

Landry is an English surname derived from an Old French form of Landric, a Germanic masculine name composed of Germanic elements land (land) and ric (power, rule) meaning “land ruler” or “ruler of the land”.

Origin: Germanic

Variants:

  • Landrie
  • Landri
  • Landree
  • Landerico (Spanish, Italian)
  • Landrigo (Spanish)