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Quick Facts on Luke

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, Greek, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 1
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 34
Simple meaning:
Man from Lucania

Characteristics of Luke

  • Dependable
  • Solid
  • Practical
  • Hard-working
  • Industrious
  • Studious
  • Conservative

Etymology & Historical Origin - Luke

Luke is an English colloquial form of Lucas (dating back to the 12th century and first rendered in Middle English). Lucas, in turn, is the Latin form of the Greek “Loukás” (Λουκᾶς) meaning “man from Lucania” (Lucania was an old district located in lower Italy and inhabited by the ancient Lucani tribe of Sabellians). The tribe either received their name from the Greek “lykos” (λυκος) meaning “wolf” because the animal was a guiding symbol of the tribe during their migrations; or else the name comes from the Latin “lucus” meaning “sacred grove”. In either case, Lucas became the medieval scholarly Latin form of the more colloquial Luke in reference to Luke the Evangelist, author of the New Testament’s third gospel said to be written around 60 A.D. Saint Luke was a contemporary and convert of Saint Paul, and the Gospel According to Luke focuses on the details of Jesus’ birth through his ministry, death and resurrection. His Feast Day is October 18 and the Roman Catholic Church recognizes Saint Luke as the patron saint of artists, students, physicians and surgeons (he himself was a physician). Lucas was often used in the Middle Ages as the Latin written form for the more idiomatic “Luke.” Luke continues to be a name of choice among English-speaking parents of baby boys. The name is currently ranked highest in Ireland followed by Northern Ireland. He also does quite well in the United States, England, Scotland, Australia and Canada.

Popularity of the Name Luke

Luke has remained a familiar baby boy’s name in America for well over a century and his popularity has always maintained a level of moderate success. However, the name really started to take off in the late 1970s following the release of the blockbuster film “Star Wars” (1977) which featured the courageous yet boyish central character, Luke Skywalker. Luke’s popularity did not wane as the decades persisted, and, in fact, increased. The name hit America’s Top 50 list at the turn of the 21st century in 2001 and today remains a favorite among American parents of baby boys. Historically in the United States, Luke has always taken first place against Lucas, but recently Lucas actually surpassed his more colloquial brother in popularity. Nonetheless, Luke is holding strong and remains a popular name in its own right. His strong one-syllable sound brings a bit more manliness to the Latin Lucas. Plus, many parents prefer these more casual, laid-back, one-syllable names for their boys (Jack, Jake, Zack, etc).
Popularity of the Boy Name Luke
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Luke

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Luke

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Luke

    Luke We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Luke.

  • Popular Songs on Luke

    Popular Songs on Luke

    Luke - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Luke.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Luke

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Luke

    Beauty (Bill Wallace) - She was an old horse, but she still had a lot of life in her. And she was the best friend Luke needed after the pain of his parents' divorce and the move to Oklahoma to live with his difficult grandfather. Luke could have had a younger horse, one better able to keep up with a boy's adventures. But it was Beauty that Luke loved. He found himself sharing his hopes, dreams, and fears with the old horse. With Beauty, Luke was finally able to enjoy life again. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Shadow Children Series (Margaret Haddix) - In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke Garner – the third child – has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm. One day he meets Jen, another 'shadow' third child who plans to rebel against the government and its policies. The series continues with many plot twists and turns. Haddix is an excellent storyteller and her view of a future world is both scary and riveting. Recommended for ages 10-14.

    The Door in the Wall (Marguerite de Angeli) - This Newbery Medal winning story, set in medieval times, is about a boy named Robin who, under the guidance of a kindly monk named Brother Luke, learns his own strength when he saves the castle and discovers there is more than one way to serve his king. Recommended for ages 10-14.

  • Famous People Named Luke

    Famous People Named Luke

    Famous People Named Luke - Luke Perry (actor); Luke Wilson (actor)

  • Children of Famous People Named Luke

    Children of Famous People Named Luke

    Famous People who Named their Son Luke - Adam Beach (actor); Bill Murray (actor/comic); Gary Busey (actor); Kirk Cameron (actor); Rick Schroder (actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Luke - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Luke from the Bible (2nd Century) - Luke the Evangelist (also known as Saint Luke) was a 2nd century physician and Christian writer most known as the author of the third and longest Gospel which recounts the life of Jesus from birth through his Ascension. The focus of Luke’s Gospel is on the humanity of Jesus, and his compassion for the weak, downtrodden and poor. Two of the more famous parables from Luke’s Gospel are the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) and the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). St. Luke’s Feast Day is October 18th.

Personality of the Boy Name Luke

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Variations of the Baby Name - Luke

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