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Pronunciation Latin LU-kius, English LU-shus or LU-see-us, Italian LOO-shuss
Gender Male
Word/name Latin from praenomen Lucius (praenomen)
Meaning Light
Region of origin Ancient Rome
Other names
Related names Lucianus, Lucas, Lucillus, Lucinus, Lucio

Lucius (/ˈlsiəs/, /ˈlʃəs/; Greek: Λούκιος Loukios, Etruscan: Luvcie) is a male given name derived from Lucius (abbreviated L.), one of the small group of common Latin forenames (praenomina) found in the culture of ancient Rome. Lucius derives from Latin word Lux (gen. lucis), meaning "light" (<PIE *leuk- "brightness", Latin verb lucere "to shine"), and is a cognate of name Lucas. Another etymology proposed is a derivation from Etruscan Lauchum (or Lauchme) meaning "king", which however was transferred into Latin as Lucumo.[1]

In addition, Lucius is an English masculine given name and an Austrian, German, Luxembourgish and Dutch surname. Lucius has been translated into Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, as Lucio. Derived from the related patronymic Lucianus is Luciano' in Italian, Spanish and Portuguese and Lucien in French.

Given name[edit]



Pronunciation LU-shus or LU-see-us
Word/Name Latin
Meaning "Light"
Other names
Variant(s) Lucio, Luci, Lucy, Luce, Lucey, Lučić, Lucci, Luzi, Luzio, Luzzo, Luzzi, Luchi, Lucioni, Lucchi, Lucini, Luccini

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  1. ^ Bonfante G., Bonfante L. (1983). Etruscan language: an introduction. NY, 1983. P. 59