Quick Facts on Luka
- Russian, Slavic
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Man from Lucania; bringer of light
Etymology & Historical Origin - Luka
Luka is the Russian and Slavic spelling of Lucas (Latin) from the Greek word “Loukas” meaning “man from Lucania”, an ancient district of southern Italy. The Latin Lucas was often used in the Middle Ages as the official written form for the more colloquial “Luke.” During the post-classical era, Lucas was more commonly used as a surname, rather than a first name. In modern times the name became more anglicized and popular as a given name with the publication of the Authorized Version of the New Testament which used “Lucas” as the preferred spelling for Luke thus giving it a more “learned” sound. The “Luke” names mainly owe their popularity to the author of the third gospel of the New Testament, The Gospel According to Luke (written in the first century A.D.). Luke was a resident of Antioch (present day Turkey/Syria); he was a physician and colleague/convert of Saint Paul. Luke’s gospel is in the form of a letter that records “an orderly account” of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus from the perspective of a historian. Luke’s portrayal deals mainly with Christ as savior of the world (particularly the poor, downtrodden and outcasts). His stories focus on Jesus’ compassion for all people as evidenced by the parables of the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son (both of which appear in Luke’s gospel). The New Testament’s Book of Acts is also attributed to Luke’s authorship. All four gospel authors (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) have been lending their names to scores of baby boys throughout the Western World for two millennia. The Slavic form of Luka is especially popular within southern Slavic states. It happens to be the #1 name for baby boys in Croatia and Slovenia. Luka is also high ranking in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The spelling of Luka also does well in Belgium and France.
Popularity of the Name Luka
Lucas and Luke are the preferred versions of this name in the United States (followed by Lukas and Luca). The Church Slavic Лѹка (Luka) spelling is currently the least popular. Luka only recently landed a spot on the Top 1000 list of American boy names in 2004 – clearly influenced by the trendy success of Lucas and Luke. While Luka is far behind his brethren in terms of usage frequency, he still provides another option to this age-old name. It’s also a great choice for Slavic-American parents who may want to honor their ethnic heritage. Luka and Lukas just look more sternly Eastern European compared to Luca or Lucas. A little stronger and a little tougher.
Popularity of the Boy Name Luka
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Luka
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Luka
Luka We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Luka.
Popular Songs on Luka
Luka - a song by Suzanne Vega
Children's Books on the Baby Name Luka
Happy Little Luka - I Love Singing! (J.N. Paquet) - Bilingual series of books. "Once upon a time, in a small house,
There was a tiny, very little boy, His name was Luka. Luka Ball. He was singing songs all the time." This book is different from other children’s books, since its aim is to get children to make drawings from the story. After each paragraph, the adult will be able to guide the child into drawing the story on the opposite page. The child is then free to imagine and recreate the story. This book was conceived with the idea of bringing more interactivity between the adult and the child. The adult should stop after each paragraph, help the child understand the meaning of the paragraph and finally guide the drawing. The child’s imagination will do the rest! Recommended for ages 4-8.
Luka's Quilt (Georgia Guback) - Luka and her grandmother Tutu are best friends until Luka shows her disappointment at the traditional Hawaiian quilt that Tutu makes for her. Tutu is hurt, Luka is upset, and things just aren't the same anymore. But when Lei Day comes, the two set aside their differences to enjoy the holiday. Publishers Weekly says: "Guback's storytelling proves as affable as her bright, intricate cut-paper collages." Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Luka
Famous People Named Luka - Luka Modrić (Croatian footballer); Luka (b. Luciana Santos de Lima, Brazilian singer/songwriter)
Children of Famous People Named Luka
Famous People Who Named Their Son Luka - Frances O'Connor (actress)
Luka - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Luka - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Luka.
Personality of the Boy Name Luka
The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.
Variations of the Baby Name - Luka