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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Lu

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  • A user from North Carolina, United States says the name Lu is of Latin origin and means "Shortened form of the Latin word for light".
  • A submission from Pennsylvania, United States says the name Lu means "Love" and is of Unknown origin.

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun and verb Lu
See Loo.
noun Lu
The chemical symbol for lutetium.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A trivalent metallic element of the rare earth group; usually occurs in association with yttrium
Wiktionary
  1. A diminutive of the female given name Lucy and related names.
  2. An ancient vassal state of China that existed approximately between 1042–249 BC.

Lu was also found in the following language(s): Translingual

Notable Persons Named Lu

Lu Han is a mandopop and k-pop singing, dance, and actor. Their career lasted from 2011 to 2011. Lu was born on September 15th, 1984. Lu is also known as Lu and Han.

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Lu Xun was a writer. He was most prominent from 1881 to 1936. Lu was born on September 25th, 1881 in Shaoxing. He died on October 19th, 1936.

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Lü was born on July 27th, 1984 in Hubei.

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Lu was born on August 14th, 1983 in Sanchong District of New Taipei City, Taiwan.

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Lü Shang is royalty. He holds the title Duke of Qi. He was most active from 11 to 11.

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Lü Zhi is royalty. She has had major accomplishments since 195. Lü was born in Shanfu, China.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Lu

Marie Lu is a young-adult fiction author. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2011 to present. Marie was given the name Xiwei Lu on July 11th, 1984 in Wuxi. Marie is also known as Shane Kennon.

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Jessica Lu is an actress, model, and spokesperson. Her career lasted from 2009 to 2009. Jessica was born Jessica Lu on April 18th, 1985 in Schaumburg, Illinois.

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Lisa Lu is an actress, documentary producer, and actor. She was most active from 1958 to present.

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Christopher P. Lu is an attorney at law. Christopher was born on June 12th, 1966 in New Jersey.

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Fanny Lu is a latin pop and tropipop singing, songwriter, and actor. She was most prominent from 1994 to present. Fanny was given the name Fanny Lucía Martínez Buenaventura on February 8th, 1973 in Cali.

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Li was born on April 6th, 1966 in Tangshan, Hebei, China.

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How popular is the baby name Lu in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1886 6 6 0
1887 7 7 0
1888 5 5 0
1889 8 8 0
1891 6 6 0
1893 5 5 0
1895 7 7 0
1898 7 7 0
1899 5 5 0
1900 9 9 0
1905 7 7 0
1906 5 5 0
1907 6 6 0
1909 6 6 0
1910 6 6 0
1911 9 9 0
1912 6 6 0
1913 6 6 0
1914 9 9 0
1915 7 7 0
1916 12 12 0
1917 14 14 0
1918 19 13 6
1919 21 15 6
1920 12 12 0
1921 14 14 0
1922 13 13 0
1923 20 20 0
1924 19 19 0
1925 25 25 0
1926 19 19 0
1927 28 28 0
1928 28 28 0
1929 13 13 0
1930 13 13 0
1931 23 23 0
1932 29 29 0
1933 28 28 0
1934 47 47 0
1935 41 41 0
1936 46 46 0
1937 34 34 0
1938 33 33 0
1939 29 29 0
1940 31 31 0
1941 40 40 0
1942 37 37 0
1943 33 33 0
1944 25 25 0
1945 44 44 0
1946 33 33 0
1947 43 43 0
1948 36 36 0
1949 48 48 0
1950 41 41 0
1951 28 28 0
1952 51 51 0
1953 318 318 0
1954 395 395 0
1955 275 275 0
1956 302 302 0
1957 228 228 0
1958 205 205 0
1959 178 178 0
1960 170 170 0
1961 146 146 0
1962 101 101 0
1963 86 86 0
1964 76 76 0
1965 36 36 0
1966 43 43 0
1967 40 40 0
1968 30 30 0
1969 20 20 0
1970 18 18 0
1971 20 20 0
1972 12 12 0
1973 10 10 0
1974 8 8 0
1975 11 11 0
1976 5 5 0
1977 6 6 0
1979 10 10 0
1980 9 9 0
1982 5 5 0
1985 5 5 0
1989 6 6 0
1994 5 5 0
1995 6 0 6
2012 5 5 0
2013 5 5 0
2016 10 10 0
2017 6 6 0

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Lu U.S.
  White 1.77% 64.26%
  African American 0.36% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 95.74% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.02% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.43% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.69% 16.26%

Of Last Name Lu

People with the last name Lu are most frequently Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Lu

  • How Popular is the name Lu? Lu is the 4,343rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Lu was the 978th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Lu have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,013 babies born with the first name Lu in the United States. That's more than enough people named Lu to occupy the territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Lu? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1886 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Lu first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Lu is Monday, November 27th, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Lu born? The highest recorded use of the first name Lu was in 1954 with a total of 395 babies.
  • Random Lu Factoid: According to the 1954 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Lu is not a popular baby girl's name in West Virginia. Imagine that, only 10 babies in West Virginia have the same name as you in 1954.
  • Weird things about the name Lu: Your name in reverse order is Ul. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lu. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Lu? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 35,628 people with the last name Lu.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Lu? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 12 of them will have Lu as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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