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Origin and Meaning of Lucifer

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  • A submission from Connecticut, United States says the name Lucifer means "Light Bringer, Morning Star, Venus" and is of Latin origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Lu"ci*fer
  1. The planet Venus, when appearing as the morning star; -- applied in Isaiah by a metaphor to a king of Babylon."How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground which didst weaken the nations!" [Is. xiv. 12.]"Tertullian and Gregory the Great understood this passage of Isaiah in reference to the fall of Satan; in consequence of which the name Lucifer has since been applied to Satan." [Kitto.]
  2. Hence, Satan."How wretched Is that poor man that hangs on princes' favors! . . . When he falls, he falls like Lucifer, Never to hope again." [Shak.]
  3. A match{1} made of a sliver of wood tipped with a combustible substance, and ignited by friction; -- called also lucifer match, and locofoco, now most commonly referred to as a friction match. See Locofoco.
  4. [Zoöl] A genus of free-swimming macruran Crustacea, having a slender body and long appendages.

Etymology: L., bringing light, (n.), the morning star, fr. lux lucis, light + ferre to bring

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  1. Lighter consisting of a thin piece of wood or cardboard tipped with combustible chemical; ignites with friction ("as long you've a lucifer to light your fag")
  2. A planet (usually Venus) seen just before sunrise in the eastern sky
  3. (Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions) chief spirit of evil and adversary of God; tempter of mankind; master of Hell

From Latin Lūcifer, from lūx (“light”) + ferō (“bear, carry”). Attested in Old English.

  1. A figure mentioned in the King James Version of Isaiah 14:12.
    1. The king of Babylon in Isaiah 14:4.
    2. Commonly interpreted as Satan.
  2. The planet Venus as the daystar.

Lucifer was also found in the following language(s): French, Romanian, Serbo-Croatian, and Spanish

Notable Persons Named Lucifer

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Lucifer was born in 200 in Siena. He passed away in 300.


Lucifer Chu is a fantasy, high fantasy, translation, and criticism author. Lucifer was born on February 19th, 1975 in Taiwan.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Lucifer

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Fun Facts about the name Lucifer

  • How Popular is the name Lucifer? Lucifer is the 34,648th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Lucifer have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 115 babies born with the first name Lucifer in the United States. That's more than enough people named Lucifer to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Lucifer? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2002 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Lucifer first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Lucifer is Thursday, February 12th, 1891.
  • What year had the most people named Lucifer born? The highest recorded use of the first name Lucifer was in 2017 with a total of 24 babies.
  • Random Lucifer Factoid: According to the 2017 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Lucifer is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 6 babies in California have the same name as you in 2017.
  • Weird things about the name Lucifer: Your name in reverse order is Reficul. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rucfiel. How do you pronounce that?

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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).
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