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Quick Facts on Lucy

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, French, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 66
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Lucy

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Lucy

Lucy is essentially the English equivalent of the French Lucie, both of which are ultimately derived from the Latin Lucia. Lucia comes from Lucius, an Old Roman masculine name derived from the Latin “lux” meaning “light”; a name often bestowed upon babies born at dawn (which would explain its heavy ancient usage). As a female given name, Lucia was made even more common throughout Europe during the Middle Ages thanks to St. Lucia of Syracuse, an early 4th century saint whose cult and legend grew in medieval times. Apropos, Lucia is the patron saint of blind people, as she was said to be the “way of light”. Born at the end of the 3rd century in Syracuse, Sicily, Lucia gave herself over to Christianity and refused her pagan bridegroom. Her rejected husband-to-be turned her over to the Roman authorities (at a time when the practice of Christianity was punishable by death). When the Roman guards came to kill her, they were unable to move her extremely heavy body– according to legend, Lucia had been filled with the Holy Spirit (which was the source behind all that extra weight). The guards were also prevented from burning her. So in the end, they gorged her eyes out with a fork. Moral of the story: you can take Lucia out of the light, but you can’t take the light out of Lucia. The French form, Lucie, was actually preserved by the herdsmen and peasants of France (as opposed to the more wealthy proprietors). In any case, Lucy found its way to England in the Middle Ages. The name experienced another surge in popularity during the 18th century and again more recently. Lucy is currently a very popular name throughout the English-speaking world. It is ranked #5 in Scotland, #6 in Northern Ireland, #7 in Ireland, #20 in Australia and #23 in England/Wales. In Northern America (i.e., Canada and the United States), Lucy isn’t quite as popular, but she’s definitely “shining” brightly.

Popularity of the Name Lucy

The name Lucy is unquestionably experiencing a revival right now in America. At the turn of the last century, the name was a Top 50-100 pick for baby girls, but then its popularity diminished as decades wore on. By the 1970s, usage of the name Lucy was moderate at best. Then, in the mid-1990s, what was once passé suddenly became red hot. Lucy has been soaring up the charts and landed a spot back on America’s Top 100 list for the first time since 1924 (this just happened in 2010), and so far she continues to show upwards momentum. Lucy is traditionally thought of as a short form of the name Lucille (think: I Love Lucy), but Lucy is a well-established name in her own right. It’s clear that we all love Lucy now. The name has sweet, old-fashioned charm (like Lily, Emma, Chloe). She’s simply adorable.
Popularity of the Girl Name Lucy
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Lucy

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Lucy

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Lucy

    Lucy Josephine Potter (Lucy) Lucy is the eponymous heroine of Jamaica Kincaid’s 1990 novella, Lucy, about a young Caribbean woman who travels to the United States to become an au pair for the children of a wealthy white family. As a newcomer and foreigner adjusting to her new home, Lucy is beset by the demons of her past in the British-colonized islands, a past in which she felt neither valued nor recognized. Through the new relationships she forges and her experiences as an immigrant, Lucy comes to a new level of self-awareness and developing fulfillment, open and ready for what lies ahead.

    Lucy Pevensie (Chronicles of Narnia) Lucy is the youngest of the four Pevensie children who find their way into the magical kingdom of Narnia, in C. S. Lewis’ timeless The Chronicles of Narnia, first introduced in the 1950’s, most notably in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. While she and her siblings are staying at the country home of Professor Kirke in order to avoid the bombing blitz on London during World War II, it is 8 year old Lucy who finds the entry to Narnia through a wardrobe door, and convinces her at first skeptical older siblings to eventually join her. Time stands still on Earth while the children are in Narnia, and Lucy grows into the beloved “Queen Lucy the Valiant” during her fifteen years there. Although it has been hailed as a Christian allegory (Lewis was an enthusiastic Catholic convert), with Aslan the Lion as the central Christ figure, that hardly matters to the generations of children who have thrilled to the adventures in the books, movies and televised series.

    Lucy Van Pelt (Charlie Brown) Lucy is the delightfully crabby, bossy-pants little 8 year old created by Charles Schulz in his comic strip Peanuts. She terrorizes her brothers and friends, plays bad baseball, runs a 5 cent psychiatric booth and harbors an unrequited love for Schroeder the musician. Whether she is thwarting Charlie Brown from his kickoffs, dodging Snoopy’s sloppy kisses or hiding her brother Linus’ security blanket, she is always amusing and entertaining, if somewhat scary in a bad-seed kind of way. Nonetheless, Lucy has her soft side also, albeit seldom seen. She has been known to burst into tears at a perceived slight, she has actually complimented Charlie Brown on occasion, she has selflessly rescued her brother Linus from the great pumpkin patch, and she has actually hugged Snoopy, famously declaring that "Happiness is a warm puppy”.

    Lucy Westenra (Dracula) Lucy is the beautiful , vivacious and innocent young girl of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel, Dracula, the dear friend of the heroine, Mina Murray, and the one who falls first victim to the vampire’s bloodlust, joining the ranks of the unholy herself. Through no fault of her own, for she is pure and good, Lucy embarks upon the morbid feeding of the blood of children, and it is only through her death that she is liberated and takes her rightful place among the angels.

  • Popular Songs on Lucy

    Popular Songs on Lucy

    Forgetful Lucy - a song by Adam Sandler

    Loose Lucy - a song by The Grateful Dead

    Lucy - a song by Candlebox

    Lucy - a song by Hanson

    Lucy - a song by the Hollies

    Lucy Dee - a song by Vince Gill

    Lucy Doesn't Love You - a song by Ivy

    Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds - a song by The Beatles

    Lucy in the Subway - a song by Phish

    Lucy's Door - a song by Harry Belafonte

    Rubber Lucy - a song by the Hollies

    The Ballad of Lucy Jordan - a song by Marianne Faithfull

    There Goes Lucy - a song by The Rembrandts

    Watch Out For Lucy - a song by Eric Clapton

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Lucy

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Lucy

    Absolutely Lucy (Ilene Cooper) - Bobby Quinn is shy. In fact, he's so shy, he has trouble making friends. But that changes when he gets a squirmy little puppy for his birthday. Unlike Bobby, Lucy isn't shy at all. And to his surprise, she keeps dragging him into all sorts of adventures—and friendships, too! In this heartwarming story of a boy and beagle's friendship, Ilene Cooper begins the series that has charmed young readers and dog lovers alike. This book is part of a series. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Lucy and the Bully (Clair Alexander) - There are lots of books about bullies, but this one is especially thoughtful (and a pleasure to look at). It frames the problem around the relationship between a sweet lamb and a belligerent little bull. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Lucy Goosey (Margaret Wild) - It's clear from the beginning that Lucy Goosey, who is "nearly fully grown," doesn't want to fly away with the rest of her family. The gosling already misses the familiar places around the home she must leave. She is so upset, in fact, that she runs off with the words, "Don't care, Don't care, Don't care!" in response to her mother's warning that she'll be left behind. But when night falls and it seems that indeed she is alone, Lucy is bereft. But Mum has stayed behind, of course, and the two reassure one another, in a Runaway Bunny moment, that they will always come after and care for one another. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Lucy Lobster and Her Clacky Claws (Jon Goode) - Young readers will get a kick out of snapping open the mouth of the plastic animal head attached to each book, then letting it close with a SNAP! Recommended for ages baby to preschool.

    Lucy's Christmas (Donald Hall) - Welcome to a New England Christmas at the turn of the century-complete with hand-crafted presents, horse-drawn sleighs and a rousing community church service. Young Lucy takes great care preparing thoughtful gifts for her family, but even more anticipation surrounds the new Glenwood Kitchen Range that Lucy's parent's have ordered from the Sears Roebuck catalogue. Part of a series Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Lucy: The Diamond Fairy (Daisy Meadows) - Jack Frost is causing trouble in Fairyland again! This time, he's stolen the seven jewels from Queen Titania's crown. Without them, all the fairy magic in Fairyland is fading fast! Can Rachel and Kirsty help Lucy the Diamond Fairy find the final jewel? Or will Fairyland's special magic be lost forever? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis) - The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe introduced readers to the wonders and enchantment of Narnia when it was first published almost fifty years ago. Since then the hearts and imaginations of millions of readers have been captured by the story of Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, who step through a magic wardrobe into Narnia, once the peaceful land of Talking Beasts, Dwarfs, Giants, and Fauns, but now frozen into winter by the evil White Witch. Recommended for ages 8-12.

  • Famous People Named Lucy

    Famous People Named Lucy

    Famous People Named Lucy - Lucy Liu (actress); Lucy Hayes (U.S. First Lady); Lucy Lawless (actress); Lucy Burns (woman's suffragist)

  • Children of Famous People Named Lucy

    Children of Famous People Named Lucy

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Lucy - Adlai Stevenson (politician); Annie Duke (actress); Mimi Rogers (actress); Nancy Grace (TV personality); Roald Dahl (politician); Thomas Jefferson (U.S. President); William Harrison (U.S. President)

  • Historic Figures

    Lucy - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Lucy - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Lucy.

Personality of the Girl Name Lucy

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Lucy

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