|Meaning:||man from Lucania|
|Related Names:||Luc, Luke, Lukes|
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ORIGIN AND HISTORY
Lucas is English in origin and is one of the many names that originally served as a surname. Over time, especially centuries, some surnames risk extinction through marriage as the woman’s line of the family marries and the male (husband) surnames become predominant. In an attempt to keep certain family names viable, they are sometimes used as first names or middle names. Lucas is also a derivative of Luke with the Latin origin “man from Lucania." There is reference to it during the Middle Ages, and “it is also the spelling preferred in the Authorized Version of the New Testament, which has had some influence on its selection as a given name.”
According to the Social Security Administration, Lucas as a first name is more popular now than it has ever been in the last 100 years. Barely making the top 1000 most popular names in the United States until about 1960, Lucas has surged significantly since then. The exception years prior to 1960 were 1918 (930th), 1915 (972nd), 1913 (960th), 1090 (994th) and 1908 (996th). After its debut in 1959 at 987th, Lucas had reached 717th 10 years later and was in the top 100 most popular names by 1993. It has not dropped out of that category since, and the year 2007 saw it reach its highest ranking at 53rd (Please see chart below).
Social Security Administration
|Year of Birth||Rank|
- François Édouard Anatole Lucas (1842 - 1891) was a French mathematician known for the study of a mathematical occurrence called the Fibonacci sequence. His work in finding a formula for to determine the nth term of the Fibonacci sequence resulted in recognition and the Lucas sequence then being named after him.
- Lucas is a city in Texas that is "located in Collin County with a population of only 5,100 people and 11.73 square miles in size."
- Lucas, Kansas is was founded in 1887 and has a population (2000) of 336.
- George Walton Lucas, Jr. (b. 1944) is an "Academy Award-winning American film director, producer, screenwriter and chairman of Lucasfilm." He is one of the most successful and prolific entertainment moguls in the history of motion pictures. His films include the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, and it is said his films have grossed over $3.6 billion.
Author: Mike Szimanski
|Meaning||man from Lucania +|
|Meaningnc||man from lucania +|
|Origin||English +, and Latin +|
|Rank in 2000s||65 +|
|Related||Luc +, Luke +, and Lukes +|