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199k
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since 1880
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Lucy

User Submitted Origins

English
69%
Latin
19%
Dominican Republic
6%
French
6%

User Submitted Meanings

  • A user from United Kingdom says the name Lucy is of Latin origin and means "Light, Born at dawn, Bringer of light".
  • According to a user from Colorado, United States, the name Lucy is of English origin and means "Gift of god".
  • A submission from Massachusetts, United States says the name Lucy means "Light" and is of Latin origin.
  • A user from Pennsylvania, United States says the name Lucy is of Unknown origin and means "Light".
  • A user from Netherlands says the name Lucy is of Latin origin and means "Light".

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  1. Incomplete skeleton of female found in eastern Ethiopia in 1974
Wiktionary

From Old French Lucie, from Lucia, name of a Sicilian martyr, from the Latin feminine form of the Roman praenomen Lucius, from lux (“light”).

  1. A female given name.
  2. A surname​ derived from place names in Normandy based on a male personal name, from Latin Lucius.
  3. The partial skeleton of a female Australopithecus afarensis, an early ancestor of human beings.
  4. (slang) The drug LSD.

Notable Persons Named Lucy

Lucy Liu is an actress and artist. She was most prominent from 1991 to present. Lucy was born on December 2nd, 1968 in Queens, New York City, U.S.

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Lucy Hale is an actress, singer, actor, and singing. She was most active from 2003 to present. Lucy was given the name Karen Lucille Hale on June 14th, 1989 in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.

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Lucy Lawless is an actress and musician. Her ongoing career started in 1989. Lucy was given the name Lucille Frances Ryan on March 29th, 1968 in Mount Albert, New Zealand.

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Lucy was given the name Catherine Lucy Hawking by her parents Jane Hawking and Stephen Hawking on November 2nd, 1970 in England.

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Lucy Boynton is an actor and actress. Her ongoing career started in 2006. Lucy was born on January 17th, 1994 in London.

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Lucy Worsley is a historian, author, curator, and television presenter. Lucy was born on December 18th, 1973 in Reading, Berkshire, England.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Lucy

Saint Lucy was a saint. She holds the title Virgin and Martyr. Saint was born in 283 in Syracuse, Sicily. She passed away in 304.

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Lady Duff-Gordon Lucy was a fashion designer. Lady was given the name Lucy Christiana Sutherland on June 13th, 1863 in London, England. She died on April 20th, 1935.

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Autherine Juanita Lucy is an educator and professor. She has had major accomplishments since 1956. Autherine was born Autherine Juanita Lucy on October 5th, 1929 in Shiloh, Alabama, U.S.

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Gary Lucy is an actor and model. He was most prominent from 1996 to 1996. Gary was born on November 27th, 1981 in Chigwell, Essex, England.

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Judith Lucy is an actress and comedian. She has had major accomplishments since 1989. Judith was given the name Judith Mary Lucy on March 25th, 1968 in Perth Australia.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 590 590 0 #44 girl name
1881 616 611 5 #44 girl name
1882 673 673 0 #46 girl name
1883 663 663 0 #49 girl name
1884 787 787 0 #47 girl name
1885 711 711 0 #52 girl name
1886 817 817 0 #50 girl name
1887 811 811 0 #51 girl name
1888 964 964 0 #51 girl name
1889 893 893 0 #54 girl name
1890 973 973 0 #53 girl name
1891 949 944 5 #53 girl name
1892 1,057 1,057 0 #55 girl name
1893 1,036 1,036 0 #56 girl name
1894 1,083 1,077 6 #57 girl name
1895 1,023 1,016 7 #61 girl name
1896 1,079 1,074 5 #59 girl name
1897 990 984 6 #62 girl name
1898 1,149 1,144 5 #59 girl name
1899 1,026 1,018 8 #60 girl name
1900 1,251 1,246 5 #61 girl name
1901 987 979 8 #61 girl name
1902 1,071 1,065 6 #65 girl name
1903 990 990 0 #69 girl name
1904 1,092 1,086 6 #66 girl name
1905 1,132 1,132 0 #66 girl name
1906 1,085 1,077 8 #69 girl name
1907 1,160 1,152 8 #69 girl name
1908 1,126 1,118 8 #73 girl name
1909 1,175 1,175 0 #71 girl name
1910 1,289 1,283 6 #75 girl name
1911 1,309 1,309 0 #77 girl name
1912 1,641 1,636 5 #78 girl name
1913 1,863 1,855 8 #77 girl name
1914 2,306 2,298 8 #73 girl name
1915 2,824 2,814 10 #79 girl name
1916 2,888 2,877 11 #84 girl name
1917 2,943 2,929 14 #87 girl name
1918 3,120 3,108 12 #90 girl name
1919 3,015 3,007 8 #91 girl name
1920 3,034 3,018 16 #94 girl name
1921 3,172 3,157 15 #93 girl name
1922 2,989 2,977 12 #93 girl name
1923 3,016 3,001 15 #92 girl name
1924 3,001 2,979 22 #98 girl name
1925 2,780 2,765 15
1926 2,559 2,545 14
1927 2,562 2,543 19
1928 2,343 2,321 22
1929 2,143 2,128 15
1930 2,136 2,121 15
1931 1,843 1,826 17
1932 1,845 1,830 15
1933 1,754 1,747 7
1934 1,661 1,647 14
1935 1,521 1,510 11
1936 1,452 1,446 6
1937 1,456 1,449 7
1938 1,442 1,429 13
1939 1,420 1,408 12
1940 1,391 1,381 10
1941 1,450 1,443 7
1942 1,344 1,337 7
1943 1,323 1,316 7
1944 1,212 1,207 5
1945 1,154 1,145 9
1946 1,240 1,235 5
1947 1,323 1,323 0
1948 1,343 1,343 0
1949 1,398 1,398 0
1950 1,289 1,289 0
1951 1,274 1,269 5
1952 1,420 1,415 5
1953 1,568 1,562 6
1954 1,538 1,533 5
1955 1,402 1,402 0
1956 1,363 1,363 0
1957 1,358 1,349 9
1958 1,259 1,253 6
1959 1,214 1,207 7
1960 1,132 1,132 0
1961 1,083 1,083 0
1962 1,009 1,009 0
1963 932 932 0
1964 950 950 0
1965 870 870 0
1966 760 754 6
1967 685 685 0
1968 671 671 0
1969 581 581 0
1970 504 504 0
1971 426 426 0
1972 417 417 0
1973 347 347 0
1974 384 384 0
1975 326 326 0
1976 346 346 0
1977 310 310 0
1978 290 290 0
1979 356 350 6
1980 439 439 0
1981 436 436 0
1982 468 468 0
1983 413 408 5
1984 424 424 0
1985 491 486 5
1986 505 499 6
1987 506 506 0
1988 512 512 0
1989 552 544 8
1990 558 551 7
1991 519 519 0
1992 519 519 0
1993 524 524 0
1994 536 536 0
1995 576 576 0
1996 647 647 0
1997 700 700 0
1998 700 700 0
1999 812 812 0
2000 981 981 0
2001 1,040 1,040 0
2002 1,210 1,210 0
2003 1,472 1,472 0
2004 1,646 1,637 9
2005 1,963 1,963 0
2006 2,256 2,256 0
2007 2,569 2,569 0
2008 3,068 3,068 0
2009 3,183 3,177 6
2010 3,634 3,634 0 #75 girl name
2011 3,700 3,700 0 #72 girl name
2012 3,810 3,810 0 #66 girl name
2013 3,944 3,944 0 #66 girl name
2014 4,299 4,293 6 #61 girl name
2015 4,548 4,543 5 #55 girl name
2016 4,592 4,592 0 #54 girl name
2017 4,564 4,564 0 #52 girl name

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Popularity of Lucy as a first name

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Popularity of Lucy as a last name

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Common last names for Lucy

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Moore
  • Miller
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Thomas
  • Thompson
  • White
  • Jackson
  • Harris
  • Martin
  • Clark
  • Robinson
  • Anderson
  • Walker

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Lucy U.S.
  White 78.88% 64.26%
  African American 15.83% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.26% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.45% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.29% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.29% 16.26%

Of Last Name Lucy

People with the last name Lucy are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Lucy

  • What name lists does Lucy rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Lucy? Lucy is the 376th most popular name of all time. In 2017 Lucy was the 52nd most popular name. As a last name Lucy was the 10,405th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Lucy have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 198,844 babies born with the first name Lucy in the United States. That's more than enough people named Lucy to occupy the country of Samoa with an estimated population of 186,340 (as of November 7, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Lucy? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 590 new born babies.
  • When was Lucy first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Lucy is Friday, November 6th, 1863.
  • What year had the most people named Lucy born? The highest recorded use of the first name Lucy was in 2016 with a total of 4,592 babies. That's a lot of babies named Lucy!
  • Random Lucy Factoid: According to the 2015 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Lucy ranks 35th in popularity as a baby girl's name in New Hampshire. Imagine that, 25 babies in New Hampshire have the same name as you in 2015.
  • Weird things about the name Lucy: Your name in reverse order is Ycul. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lyuc. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Lucy? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,096 people with the last name Lucy.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Lucy? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Lucy 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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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