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Man from Lucania, Bringer of Light
Etymology & Historical Origin - Luca
Luca is the Italian equivalent of Luke. The name Luke is dates back to the 2nd century as a Middle English colloquial form of the name Lucas. Lucas is a Latin derivation of the Greek word “Loukas”, meaning “man from Lucania” which was an ancient district of southern Italy. Lucas was often used in the Middle Ages as the Latin written form for the more idiomatic “Luke.” The name Luke mainly owes its popularity to the third gospel of the New Testament; Luke the Evangelist was a Gentile doctor and friend/convert of Saint Paul. The Roman Catholic Church recognizes Saint Luke as the patron saint of artists, students, physicians and surgeons.
Popularity of the Name Luca
Luca is a very new entrant on the U.S. popularity graphs – having first appeared this century in the year 2000. The name debuted at a respectable position of #626 on the charts (which is moderately low popularity), but has climbed over 350 positions to quasi-moderate usage. Luca’s sudden appearance on the American popularity charts has clearly been influenced by the success of Lucas and Luke, other variations of this ‘bright’ name. Luca is the Italian version of this originally Greek name. In fact, Luca remains a top favorite in Italy today. It is also ranked high in Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands. English speaking countries vastly prefer Lucas and Luke to Luca, although they are all so similar it’s hard to form an opinion on which is best. Luca definitely has a little more Italian zest and European flair than the others – but since it ends in an “a” it also sounds the most feminine (at least for the American palate). Since Luke and Lucas are so ϋber-trendy these days, Luca is the more original choice and a name to consider.
Popularity of the Boy Name Luca
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Luca
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Luca
Luca Brasi (The Godfather) Luca Brasi is one of Don Corleone’s henchmen in Mario Puzo’s 1969 bestseller, The Godfather, which was immortalized by Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 film of the same name. Now, this particular Luca character is no angel. He murders, tortures, enforces, thieves and lies for his godfather, and comes to an untimely and ungodly finish because of it (“Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes.”), but he is one loyal guy. Proving at there is something good in everyone, right? So you take your virtues where you can find them.
Popular Songs on Luca
Luca - a song by Brand New
Luka - a song by Suzanne Vega
Children's Books on the Baby Name Luca
Luca Loves (Barbara Hagler) - When Farmer Dan doesn't arrive at the usual feeding time, all of the animals on Hope Farm are worried. Julia the barn cat goes to investigate. Farmer Dan is trapped in a hole! Luca, the stubborn bull that few of the other animals like, has heard Farmer Dan talk about the Bible over the years and offers his help. Queen Victoria, the wise hen, hatches a plan: Luca will use his stubbornness to help Farmer Dan! How can Luca use his stubbornness to help? Find out in Luca Loves! Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Luca
Famous People Named Luca - Luca Giordano (painter); Luca Toni (Italian soccer player); Luca Cambiaso (painter); Luca Carlevaris (painter); Luca Belcastro (Italian composer); Luca Caputi (hockey player); Luca Cordero di Montezemolo (President of Ferrari); Luca della Robbia (sculptor); Luca Pacioli (considered the father of double-entry accounting); Luca Belcastro (Italian composer)
Children of Famous People Named Luca
Famous People Who Named Their Son Luca - Audrey Hepburn (actress); Colin Firth (actor); Jennie Garth (actress); Kristin Dos Santos (TV personality)
Luca - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Luca - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Luca.
Personality of the Boy Name Luca
The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged. They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.
Variations of the Baby Name - Luca