Quick Facts on Lukas
- German, Greek
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Man from Lucania, Bringer of Light
Etymology & Historical Origin - Lukas
The name Lukas is the German spelling of a Latin derivation (Lucas) of the Greek word “Loukas”, meaning “man from Lucania”, an ancient district of southern Italy. Lucas was often used in the Middle Ages as the Latin 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 Roman Catholic Church recognizes Saint Luke as the patron saint of artists, students, physicians and surgeons. Lukas is the spelling used in places like Germany, Czechoslovakia, Belgium, Norway and many of the Slavic and Nordic nations. Lucas is the preferred spelling among Western Europeans and English-speaking nations.
Popularity of the Name Lukas
The name Lukas came into use in the United States in 1978, which is around the time that Lucas was reaching a position on the Top 100 list of most favored boy names. Lukas (with a “k”) is more typically an eastern European spelling of Lucas, but in America the usage probably has more to do with parental attempts to make a common boy’s name slightly different by spelling it with a K. In any case, the name is reaching its height of popularity right now. In 2010, Lucas was the 35th most popular boy’s name in America and Lukas was ranked #232. In other words, parents are almost seven times more likely to use the Lucas spelling over Lukas. The truncated name, Luke, is even quite a bit more popular than Lukas. It was ranked #41 in 2010. So it really just comes down to a spelling preference. Lukas is less common and therefore a little bit more unique. The name also looks slightly more masculine with a K.
Popularity of the Boy Name Lukas
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Lukas
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Lukas
Lukas We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Lukas.
Popular Songs on Lukas
Lukas - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Lukas.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Lukas
Lukas and The Dark Valley (Jason Asher) - In a world of color and light, a valley of caterpillars has fallen into darkness. Join Lukas, a wise tiger with butterfly wings, as he transforms into a caterpillar with a special power to free those lost in a dark valley. Recommended for ages 4-8.
The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha (Lloyd Alexander) - Lukas is in the town square, watching a seedy-looking magician--and the next thing he knows, he's drowning in a far-distant sea. When he comes ashore, the first people he meets hail him as king of Abadan. Being king is fine with Lukas; that is, it would be fine if everyone wasn't trying to murder him! Recommended for ages 9-12.
Famous People Named Lukas
Famous People Named Lukas - Lukáš Dlouhý (Czech tennis player); Lukas Haas (actor); Lukáš Krajíček (Czech hockey player); Lukáš Lacko (Slovak tennis player); Lukas Podolski (German soccer player); Lukáš Rosol (Czech tennis player)
Children of Famous People Named Lukas
Famous People Who Named Their Son Lukas - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Lukas.
Lukas - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Lukas - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Lukas.
Personality of the Boy Name Lukas
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 - Lukas