Luke

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262k
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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Luke mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Luke

"Luke" is a name of Greek origin, and it means "From Lucania". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Luke
Moderately warm; not hot; tepid; lukewarm.

Etymology: Prob. fr. lew, perh. influenced by AS. wlæc warm, lukewarm, remiss. Cf. Lew

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. One of the four Gospels in the New Testament; contains details of Jesus's birth and early life
  2. (New Testament) the Apostle closely associated with St. Paul and traditionally assumed to be the author of the third Gospel
Wiktionary

English form of Latin Lucas, from Ancient Greek (Koine Greek) Λουκᾶς (Loukâs), derivation meaning "the great Lucius" or shortened form of Latin Lucius ("the bright one" or "the one born at dawn"). The commonly seen derivation / explanation of Λουκᾶς (Loukâs) as "man from Lucania" is not supported by reliable sources.

  1. A male given name.
  2. Luke the Evangelist, an early Christian credited with the authorship of the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles.
  3. (biblical) The Gospel of St. Luke, a book of the New Testament of the Bible. Traditionally the third of the four gospels.
  4. A patronymic surname​.

Luke was also found in the following language(s): German

Notable Persons Named Luke

Luke Cage is a comics character.

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Luke Evans is an actor and singer. His ongoing career started in 2000. Luke was born on April 15th, 1979 in Pontypool, Wales, UK.

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Luke Hemsworth is an actor. His ongoing career started in 2001. Luke was born on November 5th, 1980 in Melbourne.

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Luke was born on October 17th, 1984 in Santa Cruz, California.

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Luke Skywalker is a canon:, lieutenant commander in the, co-founder & leader of rogue squadron, jedi master, legends:, founder & leader of twin suns squadron, founder & leader of hardpoint squadron, grand master of the new jedi order, and rebel alliance.

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Luke was born on December 16th, 1979 in Rochester, New York. Luke is also known as Huber, Jon; Lee, and Brodie.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Luke

Dr. Luke is a pop music musician. He has had major accomplishments since 1997. Dr. was given the name Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald on September 26th, 1973 in Providence, Rhode Island, U.S. Dr. is also known as Luke Gottwald.

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Laidback Luke is an electro house, dance music, house music, and progressive house disc jockey, record producer, and remix. He plays Keyboard, Software, FL Studio, and Ableton Live. His ongoing career started in 1993. Laidback was given the name Lucas Cornelis van Scheppingen on October 22nd, 1976 in Manila. Laidback is also known as LBL, Laidback Luke, Laidback Luke; Scheppingen, and Lucas Cornelis van (birth name).

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Keye Luke was an actor. His career lasted from 1934 to 1991. Keye was born on June 18th, 1904 in Guangzhou. He breathed his last breath on January 12th, 1991.

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Ned Luke is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 1984. Ned was born on October 4th, 1958 in Danville, Illinois, U.S. Ned is also known as Ned von Leuck.

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Jr. Frank Luke is a military person. His military service ended in 1918.

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Derek Luke is an actor. They have been prominent since 1999. Derek was born on April 24th, 1974 in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 43 0 43
1881 42 0 42
1882 44 0 44
1883 38 0 38
1884 39 0 39
1885 50 0 50
1886 50 0 50
1887 47 0 47
1888 45 0 45
1889 44 0 44
1890 42 0 42
1891 23 0 23
1892 42 0 42
1893 48 0 48
1894 32 0 32
1895 53 0 53
1896 45 0 45
1897 44 0 44
1898 38 0 38
1899 35 0 35
1900 70 0 70
1901 37 0 37
1902 41 0 41
1903 46 0 46
1904 40 0 40
1905 53 0 53
1906 57 0 57
1907 45 0 45
1908 52 0 52
1909 57 0 57
1910 71 0 71
1911 62 0 62
1912 83 0 83
1913 115 0 115
1914 168 0 168
1915 157 0 157
1916 183 0 183
1917 163 0 163
1918 176 0 176
1919 165 0 165
1920 166 0 166
1921 165 0 165
1922 190 0 190
1923 185 0 185
1924 206 0 206
1925 166 0 166
1926 161 0 161
1927 158 0 158
1928 149 0 149
1929 153 0 153
1930 141 0 141
1931 142 0 142
1932 165 0 165
1933 110 0 110
1934 122 0 122
1935 121 0 121
1936 116 0 116
1937 113 0 113
1938 123 0 123
1939 116 0 116
1940 115 0 115
1941 122 0 122
1942 110 0 110
1943 126 0 126
1944 117 0 117
1945 117 0 117
1946 130 0 130
1947 151 0 151
1948 155 0 155
1949 155 0 155
1950 171 0 171
1951 168 0 168
1952 158 0 158
1953 170 0 170
1954 197 0 197
1955 220 0 220
1956 247 0 247
1957 291 0 291
1958 336 0 336
1959 352 0 352
1960 422 0 422
1961 416 0 416
1962 427 0 427
1963 423 0 423
1964 446 0 446
1965 400 0 400
1966 356 0 356
1967 347 0 347
1968 388 0 388
1969 451 0 451
1970 544 6 538
1971 541 9 532
1972 580 5 575
1973 636 0 636
1974 726 0 726
1975 777 0 777
1976 915 0 915
1977 1,246 5 1,241
1978 1,900 10 1,890
1979 2,485 11 2,474
1980 3,130 21 3,109 #97 boy name
1981 3,027 11 3,016 #100 boy name
1982 2,496 19 2,477
1983 2,674 23 2,651
1984 2,496 24 2,472
1985 2,761 19 2,742
1986 2,666 15 2,651
1987 2,607 16 2,591
1988 2,643 23 2,620
1989 2,716 7 2,709
1990 2,888 7 2,881
1991 3,024 10 3,014
1992 4,077 13 4,064 #93 boy name
1993 4,363 11 4,352 #87 boy name
1994 4,105 11 4,094 #91 boy name
1995 4,634 6 4,628 #82 boy name
1996 5,022 6 5,016 #75 boy name
1997 4,960 8 4,952 #78 boy name
1998 5,293 9 5,284 #75 boy name
1999 6,148 12 6,136 #67 boy name
2000 7,150 5 7,145 #59 boy name
2001 8,021 16 8,005 #50 boy name
2002 8,701 9 8,692 #46 boy name
2003 9,314 15 9,299 #46 boy name
2004 9,629 36 9,593 #41 boy name
2005 10,020 16 10,004 #41 boy name
2006 10,098 13 10,085 #43 boy name
2007 9,610 7 9,603 #46 boy name
2008 9,428 11 9,417 #43 boy name
2009 8,616 0 8,616 #47 boy name
2010 8,844 6 8,838 #41 boy name
2011 8,709 8 8,701 #39 boy name
2012 9,016 8 9,008 #37 boy name
2013 9,573 5 9,568 #34 boy name
2014 10,516 13 10,503 #28 boy name
2015 10,278 8 10,270 #28 boy name
2016 9,985 11 9,974 #29 boy name
2017 9,168 5 9,163 #30 boy name

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Popularity of Luke as a first name

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Popularity of Luke as a last name

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Common last names for Luke

  • Smith
  • Williams
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Wilson
  • Jackson
  • Martin
  • Thomas
  • Miller
  • Moore
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Luke U.S.
  White 72.59% 64.26%
  African American 15.19% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 4.98% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.14% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.10% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.01% 16.26%

Of Last Name Luke

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

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Fun Facts about the name Luke

  • What name lists does Luke rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Luke? Luke is the 284th most popular name of all time. In 2017 Luke was the 30th most popular name. As a last name Luke was the 1,961st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Luke have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 262,093 babies born with the first name Luke in the United States. That's more than enough people named Luke to occupy the territory of New Caledonia (France) with an estimated population of 259,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Luke? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 43 new born babies.
  • When was Luke first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Luke is Friday, September 28th, 1866.
  • What year had the most people named Luke born? The highest recorded use of the first name Luke was in 2014 with a total of 10,503 babies. That's a lot of babies named Luke!
  • Random Luke Factoid: According to the 2001 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Luke ranks 68th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Vermont. Imagine that, 11 babies in Vermont have the same name as you in 2001.
  • Weird things about the name Luke: Your name in reverse order is Ekul. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ulke. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Luke? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 18,425 people with the last name Luke.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Luke? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 6 of them will have Luke as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • 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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