Girl Baby Name

Lucille

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Quick Facts on Lucille

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, French
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 359
Pronunciation:
loo-SEEL
Simple meaning:
Light, shining

Characteristics of Lucille

  • Inspirational
  • Highly Intuitive
  • Spiritual Teacher
  • Extremely Bright
  • Uplifting
  • Truth-seeker

Etymology & Historical Origin - Lucille

Lucille is the French (and English) form of Lucilla which is a diminutive of the Italian Lucia from the Latin “lux” meaning ‘light’. The old Roman male name Lucius was one of the most common personal names throughout Roman history. The name was often bestowed upon children who were born at dawn when light first appears (explaining 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. Ironically, 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 French Lucille was adopted by the English-speaking world and has been in steady use for centuries. Notable name bearer was Lucille Ball (1910-1989) a beloved American comic actress.

Popularity of the Name Lucille

Lucille is the poster girl of old-fashioned revival names. Around since the 19th century, Lucille was at the height of her popularity as we turned into the 20th century. A Top 30-50 favorite for most of the teens and 1920s, Lucille finally fell off the Top 100 list of most favored girl names in 1938. From that point on, Lucille saw a slow and steady decline as she fell from fashion. In 1975, the name completely dropped out of sight for almost 30 years. However, as we’ve crossed the threshold into the 20th century, Lucille has reemerged well-equipped with that antique charm that is all the current rage. What was once popular in the early 1900s has gained renewed vitality in the early 2000s. So-called “old-lady” names like Evelyn, Lillian, Eleanor and Vivian are getting double-takes. Still, the pet form of Lucy is more popular than Lucille, but we welcome both back to the 21st century stage. These timeless classics with lovely meanings are hard not to love. And if the dainty prettiness of this name is not enough to convince you, here’s some interesting pop-culture trivia associated with Lucille. It’s the name given to B.B. King’s guitars. He explains why in his 1985 song “Lucille”.
Popularity of the Girl Name Lucille
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Lucille

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Lucille

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Lucille

    Love, Lucy (Lucille Ball) - A bestselling autobiography by Lucille Ball that the New York Times Book Review called “Filled with light and laughter." “Intensely moving” said the San Francisco Chronicle. "Lucy fans will find this book fascinating." (Detroit News). New York Newsday simply called is “A winner." Recommended for all ages young adult and older.

    Lucille (Ludovic Debeurme) - Winner of the Rene Goscinny Prize! With Lucille, Ludovic Debeurme takes on the difficult world of adolescence, following the life of a young anorexic woman and the difficult relationships she has with others, who have significant problems of their own. Influenced by psychoanalysis and the exploration of dreams, Debeurme explores life and fantasies with elegant clean graphics and a profound love of the games of childhood. Recommended for ages young adult and older.

    Lucille Camps In (Kathryn Lasky) - Lucille’s older brother and sister are heading off on a camping trip with their dad, but Lucille’s too young to go. No fair! Lucille is mad about being left behind, and nothing her mom does can cheer her up. Then Lucille gets an idea of her very own: If camping out is fun, why can’t camping in be even better? From pitching a tent in the living room to toasting marshmallows in the fireplace, Lucille and her mom are soon on an adventure of their very own. And the only limit is their imagination. Reommended for ages 3-7.

    Lucille Lost: A True Adventure (Margaret George & Chris Murphy) - Lucille, a pet Burmese tortoise, has found a way out of her safe pen. Now she’ll have the adventure she’s always wanted! After meeting a nice, old tortoise, and a not-so-nice snapping turtle in a nearby forest, Lucille discovers that adventure can be more scary than fun. And little does she know but her human family is heartbroken she is missing and has organized a neighborhood search.Will they ever find her? Based on true events, this charming story is complemented by interesting tortoise facts and gorgeous illustrations that fill the pages with playful details from a tortoise’s point of view. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Lucille Nadine Alexander's Birthday (H. Teirrah McNair) - The precocious seven year old Lucille shares her birthday celebration with Jesus Christ and tells the ageless nativity story as only Lucille can. Lucille's sparkling personality and disarming honesty will capture the attention of young audiences everywhere. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Lucille's Snowsuit (Kathryn Lasky) - Yippee! It's a snow day. Lucille is jealous when her big brother and sister head outside to play in their sleek snow pants and jackets while she's stuck inside putting on her snowsuit. Literally stuck--her zipper won't zip and she can't get her snowsuit over her boots. Worst of all, "Snowsuits are for babies and I'm not a baby!" she yells. With a little help from Mommy, Lucille finally runs outside to join the snowy fun, and that's when she discovers that perhaps snowsuits are indeed best for making the most of a snow day. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Starring Lucille (Kathryn Lasky) - Lucille the Pig, introduced in Lucille’s Snowsuit, is back and it’s her birthday. She gets to open one present early: a tutu, crown, and ballet shoes from her grandparents. Lucille spends all the days before her birthday rehearsing for a performance for her family. Then her older brother and sister try to steal the limelight. Lucille, of course, manages to upstage them, and has a very happy birthday after all. A funny and right-on-target book with great appeal to young children. Recommended for ages 3-7.

  • Famous People Named Lucille

    Famous People Named Lucille

    Famous People Named Lucille - Lucille Ball (actress); Lucille Le Sueur (birth name of actress Joan Crawford); Lucille Bremer (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Lucille

    Children of Famous People Named Lucille

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Lucille - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Lucille.

  • Historic Figures

    Lucille - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Lucille Desiree Ball (6 Aug 1911 – 26 Apr 1989) - Lucille Ball is arguably the finest comedienne of modern time. Born in Jamestown, New York on August 6, 1911, into a family that traced their American origins back to colonial days, Lucille Ball died on April 26, 1989, at age 78. Though she had a moderately successful career in modeling, on Broadway, in movies and radio, it is for her signature role as Lucy Ricardo on the groundbreaking 1950s television sitcom series, I Love Lucy, that she will be forever and most lovingly remembered. She and her husband, Cuban bandleader and singer, Desi Arnaz, revolutionized early television and changed the making of television series, with their camera innovations and insistence on filming from California rather than New York, thereby filming before a live studio audience. It was also felt quite strongly at the time that audiences would never accept the red headed, fair Lucille Ball with an ethnic husband – a misconception that was immediately proven wrong. They reigned supreme for years, and after their divorce, Lucille went on to star in various other comic series on her own, as well as being the operational head of Desilu Productions, eventually buying out Desi Arnaz altogether. Lucille and Desi had two children and divorced in 1960. She was married to her second husband, Gary Morton, from 1961 until her death. The recipient of countless honorariums and awards, she was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously by President George H. W. Bush in 1989. Doubtless, though, the finest award, we are sure she would agree, is the continuing echo of pealing laughter that still greets her image every day around the world, in non-stop syndication.

Personality of the Girl Name Lucille

The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.

Variations of the Baby Name - Lucille

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