Quick Facts on Lucia
- Italian, Latin
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loo-CHEE-ah; loo-SEE-ah or LOO-sha
Light, bright and shining
Etymology & Historical Origin - Lucia
Lucia is the feminine equivalent of the old Roman male name Lucius, a derivative of the Latin word “lux” which means ‘light’. Lucius was one of the most common personal names throughout Roman history. The name was often bestowed upon children who were born at dawn which would explain the heavy usage. A famous name bearer of the female name, St. Lucia of Syracuse, was an early 4th century saint whose cult and legend grew in the Middle Ages which is when the name gained popularity. Believe it or not, Lucia is the patron saint to those who are blind, as she was said to be the ‘way of light’. Born at the end of the 3rd century in Syracuse, Sicily, she gave herself over to Christianity and refused her pagan bridegroom. Rejected and irate, her husband-to-be turned her over to the anti-Christian Roman powers that be. When the guards came to persecute her, they were unable to move her body– so heavy was she filled with the Holy Spirit (or so legend has it). Nor were they able to burn her. Finally, the frustrated guards gorged her eyes out with a fork. You can take Lucia out of the light, but you can’t take the light out of Lucia. The Scandinavians celebrate St. Lucia day in her honor on December 13th. The English Lucy and French Lucie come from Lucia. Lucia is the #1 female name in Spain (2010) and it is also ranked high in Catalonia.
Popularity of the Name Lucia
The name Lucia has enjoyed consistent usage in the United States for well over a century. While the name has never experienced ϋber-popularity, it has managed to carve out a place for itself on the charts just fine, thank you. While quite common throughout Europe for centuries, the name remains an original choice in America. Lucia has European flair and Italian zest. Like the name’s meaning suggests, Lucia just sounds bright and friendly, worldly and intelligent, poetic and melodious. A true cosmopolitan pick for any lucky little girl. Watch out though, Lucia has gained over 200 positions on the charts in the first decade of the 21st century. American parents are always looking for uniqueness as a way to differentiate themselves from the pack – and it seems that ethnic, exotic names might be the next big trend. We’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime, Lucia is safe. This is also a name that can be shortened to the darling pet forms Lucy or LuLu, or even lengthened to the more elaborate Latin Luciana. The other great thing? You have a few different choices in terms of pronunciation.
Popularity of the Girl Name Lucia
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Lucia
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Lucia
Lucia We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Lucia.
Popular Songs on Lucia
Santa Lucia - a song by Elvis Presley
Santa Lucia Luntana - a song by Andrea Bocelli
Children's Books on the Baby Name Lucia
Lucia and the Light (Phyllis Root) - Lucia has always loved the cozy mountain cabin that she shares with her mother, baby brother, a cow, and a milk-white cat. Then comes a winter when the sun disappears altogether. Mama is loving and reassuring: "We will be each other's sun until the real sun returns." But brave Lucia is determined to restore daylight, and with her cat tucked into her parka, she sets off on her skis. Lucia treks through spooky, starlit forests and finally finds the sun, held hostage by a band of deliciously gruesome trolls. Young children will connect with the messages about friendship and cooperation; as intrepid as Lucia is, she still needs the help of her white cat to carry out her quest and return safely home. Lucia's battle is an annual event: each winter, the days will only lengthen after a courageous person has battled the trolls and reclaimed the sun. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Lucia, Lucia (Adriana Trigiani) - In 1950 Greenwich Village, 25-year-old Lucia has it all: a warm and loving Italian family, a papa with a successful grocery business, an engagement ring from her childhood sweetheart, and best of all, a career she loves as a seamstress and apprentice to a talented dress designer at B. Altman's department store. When Lucia meets a rich, handsome businessman whose ambitions for a luxurious uptown lifestyle match her own, her goals for her future soar even higher. Over the next two years, however, her dreams gradually unravel. This is an engaging, well-told tale about life's unexpected twists and turns, the ways that even small choices have large repercussions and the hopeful notion that sometimes, when you least expect it, you can find happiness. Recommended for ages young adult.
Lucia, Saint of Light (Katherine Bolger Hyde) - Long revered in both East and West, St. Lucia is an early virgin martyr whose life and legacy shine as a light of faith, hope, and compassion in the darkness of winter and sin. Lucia, Saint of Light introduces young readers to both her life and her delightful Christmas-related festival as it is traditionally celebrated in Sweden and around the world. Daria Fishers warm and vivid illustrations will make this book a favorite with children and parents alike. Brighten your home this winter with the festival of Lucia, Saint of Light. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Lucia
Famous People Named Lucia - We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Lucia.
Children of Famous People Named Lucia
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Lucia - Mel Gibson (actor); Giovanni Ribisi (actor); Amber Mariano (reality TV); Rob Mariano (reality TV); Rachel Campos (reality TV)
Lucia - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Lucia - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Lucia.
Personality of the Girl Name Lucia
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 - Lucia