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The first name 

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

The name Luke is very popular!

The first name Luke is one of the top 100 most popular boys names in the US – currently at #30 in our SmartGenius ranking. Over 1,000 babies each year are named Luke, accounting for approximately 0.50 % of all newborn boys. In the entire USA, approximately 296,482 people – children, adults and seniors – currently bear the name Luke. That is 0.09 % of all living Americans.

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

What does the name 
Luke mean?

The first name Luke is based on the name Lucius, which has Latin roots and is derived from ‘lux’ for ‘light’. The name can therefore be translated as ‘the radiant one’ or as ‘the one born at dawn’. According to another derivation, Lucius is ‘he who comes from Lucania.’ A Greek derivation via ‘leukós’ for ‘bright, white’ is also conceivable.

Several famous people are called Luke

A Country Chart Topper

Luke Combs (*1990)
Luke Combs is a country music singer and songwriter from Asheville, North Carolina. He has been singing since he was in high school and released two self-produced EPs in 2014. His song 'Hurricane' was proved popular and became a radio hit. He then landed a record deal with Columbia Nashville, who released his debut album 'This One's for You' for the second time

From Theatre to Cinema

Luke Evans (*1979)
Luke Evans is a Welsh actor, best known for his portrayal of 'Bard the Bowman' in 'The Hobbit' film trilogy. Before Evans transitioned to film and television he was performing in various theatre productions in London's West End. Evans acted in many successful movies: 'Fast & Furious' part 7 (2015) and 8 (2017), 'Girl on the Train' (2016), 'Midway' (2019) are just a few of them. He also played the role of Vlad Tepes/Dracula in the movie 'Dracula Untold'. In 2017, he was inducted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which annually awards the Oscars. In addition to acting, Evans is also a musician.

A legendary Sci-Fi Hero

Luke Skywalker
Luke Skywalker is a fictional character and the main protagonist of George Lucas' original Star Wars trilogy. In the films he is portrayed by actor Mark Hamill (*1951). As a Jedi Knight, he fights against the evil Empire and its leader Darth Vader. In the second part of the original trilogy 'The Empire Strikes Back' (1980), the audience finds out that Darth Vader is Luke's father

A defensive NFL Player

Luke Kuechly (*1991)
Luke Kuechly is a former American football player who played eight seasons with the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). During College he played football at Boston College and was recognized twice as a consensus All-American. Even in his rookie season he had an immediate impact: He led the NFL in tackles and won the Associated Press 2012 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award. One year later he was crowned as the youngest recipient of the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award in its history. In 2020 Kuechly retired but rejoined the Panthers as a pro scout. A position from which he resigned in 2021.

Go on a journey to places 
with your name

When you hear the name Luke, you might first think of people. But did you know that there are also places with the name Luke? Are you also called Luke? Maybe one day you will visit the places that are named just like you...


is the number of villages called Luke in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The partially unknown number of inhabitants indicates that the villages are very small.

About 90 people...

live in Luke, Maryland. It was settled in the 1770s. The town's history began with a sawmill being established by the Davis brothers.

You can board the train...

at Luke station in Luke, Manitoba, Canada. The station only has one track and belongs to the Town of Gillam.

15 miles west of Phoenix...

there is a United States Air Force base in Maricopa County called Luke Air Force Base. It is a major training base of the Air Education and Training Command.

Luke -
in the 2000s more popular than ever before

If we dig really deep into our statistics, we find that there are very few boys' names that have been consistently popular for so long that they have been given to newborns in every single year since the beginning of our records in 1880. In fact, there are only 442 boys' names that appear in our statistics in every single year, and Luke is one of those very special classics. At the same time, Luke has never been more popular than it is in this century - in 2015 the name even made it to rank #28 of the most popular boys' names, easily landing in the top 100 of our SmartGenius first name statistics.

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

Happy Birthday - 7,351 boys named Luke celebrate their second birthday this year

...because: In 2022, 7,351 boys were born and given the name Luke by their parents. That puts Luke at #34 on our list of most popular boys' names. It was much less popular in 1942 - only 110 parents chose this name for their newborn son and it ranked 546 on the popularity scale of all boys' names.

Luke -
at home all over the USA, especially popular in Alaska

Wherever you go, wherever you live – there’s a good chance to meet Luke. Because: There are men and boys named Luke in every state in the USA. This may sound quite unspectacular at first, but in fact, of the nearly 50,000 different male first names that occur in the USA, just 386 are recorded in each individual state, so the name Luke is definitely something very special. In some regions it even makes it into the top 100 of the most popular male first names, for example in Utah, where Luke ranks on position 66. The greatest chance of meeting Luke, however, is in Alaska, where one in 285 boys and men bears this beautiful name – that is far above average – in the entire USA it is only one in 563 men and boys and in Mississippi, where the name is least represented in relation to the population, you even have to ask an average of 980 men and boys for their name before you once get Luke as an answer.

Luke 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 Luke 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 e

If you take all the letters in the name Luke – L, u, k and e – and put them together again, you can form another name, such as Kule.

With hands, flags and sounds 
How to say Luke

If your name is Luke 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 Luke

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





This is how the name Luke 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 Luke 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 Luke

Just use American Sign Language!

The name Luke 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 Luke

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. Luke sounds like this: