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Lucania map.jpg
Map of Lucania
Pronunciation /lk/
Gender Masculine
Name day October 18
Word/name Greek
Meaning "Light"
Other names
Related names Luc, Luca, Lucas, Lukas

Luke /ˈlk/ is a male given name, and less commonly, a surname.

The name Luke is derived from the Latin name Lucas or from the Greek Loukas, meaning "man from Lucania" (a region of Italy). Although the name is attested in ancient inscriptions, the best known historical use of the name is in the New Testament. The Gospel of Luke was written around 70 to 90 AD (the exact years are unknown), and was from here that the name was first popularized. Luke, who is credited with the authorship of the Gospel of Luke, was a physician who lived around 30 to 130 AD. Luke is also credited with the Book of Acts in the Bible, and also is mentioned by the Apostle Paul in some of Paul's letters to first-century churches.

Luke is the 21st most popular name for new babies in England and Wales,[1] the 43rd most popular name for new babies in the United States,[2] and the 2,105th most common surname in the US, with 15,000 people (0.006%) sharing the surname.[3]

Popularity of name Luke
in England and Wales[1]
2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 1998
25th 21st 17th 13th 15th 14th 13th
Popularity of name Luke in United States[2]
2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990 1989 1988 1987
43rd 41st 41st 46th 46th 50th 59th 67th 75th 78th 75th 82nd 91st 87th 93rd 113th 118th 121st 119th 111th

Variants in other languages[edit]

People known as Luke[edit]

Fictional people[edit]

People with the surname[edit]

  • Derek Luke, (born 1974), American Actor
  • Isaac Luke (born 1987), New Zealand rugby league footballer
  • Lauren Luke, English makeup artist
  • Noel Luke (born 1964), footballer who notably played for Peterborough United
  • Peter Luke, writer, editor, and producer
  • Yudell Luke, (1918–1983), American mathematician


  1. ^ a b Top 100 names for baby boys in England and Wales
  2. ^ a b "Popular Baby Names". 
  3. ^ "Name statistics: Luke". Retrieved 31 October 2007. [dead link]