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The first name 

Luka is a male first name. In very rare cases it is also used for girls.

Luka – popular and common in the US!

The name Luka isn’t among the current fashionable names in our top 10 stats, but nonetheless, it’s still very popular and common. In our SmartGenius ranking of all boys names, Luka ranks 257. Recently, out of every 10,000 newborn boys, approximately 8 were named Luka. In the entire USA, approximately 16,517 people – children, adults and seniors – currently bear the name Luka. That is 0.00 % of all living Americans.

You won't believe all there is 
to discover about the name

What does the name 
Luka mean?

In many languages such as Russian, Croatian, and Serbian, Luka is a variant of Lucas. This name has a Latin origin, either meaning ‘from Lucania’, a region in southern Italy, or ‘light’ from the verb ‘lucere’ (‘to shine’).

Unrelated to the slavic origin,... the Japanese given name ルカ, るか is transliterated as Luka or Ruka and might be derived from the name Haruka.

Luka -
keeping with the times

Luka is a fairly recent phenomenon. In the past, the name wasn't really on the radar of expectant parents. Then, unexpectedly, Luka cried out for attention, reaching its peak in popularity at #114 in our SmartGenius statistics in the year 2022. People over 50 probably didn't have classmates named Luka, for there were many years in which not a single parent chose this first name for their son. Although it also has never been in the top 100 of most popular first names, Luka seems to have been in vogue for a while, especially since the beginning of the new millennium.

In years where the graph has no value, the name Luka was given less than five times or even none at all in the entire USA.

Luka has 4 letters 
and begins with an L

Well, you might say, you probably figured that out yourself! But what you might not know is: The letter L is neither particularly common nor particularly rare as a first letter for boys' names: 4.1% of all common boys' names in the US begin with this letter. By the way, the most common first letters of boys' names are J and A, while X and U are the least common initials of boys' names.

With four letters, the name Luka is shorter than most other given names. In fact, only 5.5% of all common first names in the US consist of exactly four letters. Just 1.2% of all first names are even shorter, while 93% consist of more than four letters. On average, first names in the US (not counting hyphenated names) are 6.5 letters long. There are no significant differences between boys' and girls' names.

Thus, it follows that with 4.1% of all boys' names starting with an L, this initial letter occurs about as often as all 26 letters on average. Nevertheless, there are boys' names with L that are quite common, the most common in the U.S. at present is Larry.

Other names with 
L, u, k and a

If you take all the letters in the name Luka – L, u, k and a – and put them together again, you can form other names, such as Kula or others.

With hands, flags and sounds 
How to say Luka

If your name is Luka and someone asks after your name, you can of course just tell them what it is. But sometimes that isn't so easy - what if it's too loud, and you don't understand them well? Or what if the other person is so far away that you can see them but not hear them? In these situations, you can communicate your name in so many other ways: you call spell it, sign it, or even use a flag to wave it...

This is how you spell the name Luka

So that everyone really understands you when you have to spell the name Luka, you can simply say:





This is how the name Luka is spelled in the NATO phonetic alphabet

The NATO alphabet often helps people spell words on the phone or radio when there are communication problems.

How do you write Luka in Braille?

Braille is made up of dots, which the blind and visually impaired can feel to read words.



You want to tell a deaf person that your name is Luka

Just use American Sign Language!

The name Luka is particularly colorful in the Semaphore flag signaling system!

These flags are used for maritime communication - each flag represents a letter.


Have you ever waved the name Luka

In the navy, sailors of two ships might wave flags to each other to send messages. A sailor holds two flags in specific positions to represent different letters.


Beeping like crazy...

In Morse code, letters and other characters are represented only by a series of short and long tones. For example, a short tone followed by a long tone stands for the letter A. Luka sounds like this: