What does Lucian mean?
Lucian \l(u)-cian\ as a boys' name is pronounced LOO-shun. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Lucian is "light". Variant of Lucius. Luciano is an Italian and Spanish form. Saint Lucian of Antioch (fourth century) was a noted scholar. Artist Lucian Freud; opera celebrity Luciano Pavarotti.
Lucian is an unusual given name for males but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#60230 out of 150436, Top 40%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Lucian for boys. Lucian reached its peak position of #371 in the U.S. then, and is presently at #608. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of the boy name Lucian and affiliated names. Luke (#28 last year), Luciano (#568), Lucien and Lucius are the prominent variation forms of Lucian (#608 last year) rated in the Top 1000. These boy names were at the apex of their popularity during the years 1880-1889 (usage of 0.5118%) and have become much less widespread since (usage 0.3592%, down 29.8%), with the forms Lucius and Lucien becoming less trendy. Luciano (#568), Luke (#28) and Lucian (#608) are three of the more trendy names for newborns among these, and there is a rebound in baby name popularity for Lucian, Luciano and Luke. (2014 Birth Statistics)