What does Lucian mean?
Lucian [lu-cian] as a boys' name is pronounced LOO-shun. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Lucian is "light". Variant of Lucius. Saint Lucian of Antioch (fourth century) was a noted scholar. Artist Lucian Freud; opera celebrity Luciano Pavarotti.
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How popular is Lucian?
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 statistics of Lucian for boys. Lucian reached its peak position of #373 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is presently at #634. (2015 Birth Statistics)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of the boy name Lucian and affiliated names. Luke (#28 from recent data), Luciano (#538), Lucien (#1157), Lucius (#1299) and Lucio (#1714) are the prominent variation forms of Lucian (#634 from recent data) rated in the Top 2000. These forms of Lucian were at the apex of their popularity in the year 2014 (usage of 0.62%) and have remained as popular to this day (usage 0.61%, ▼1%), but with the form Lucius becoming somewhat dated. Luke is more universally found than the rest, although Luciano appears to be becoming a favorite too.
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