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What does Lucian mean?

Lucian Pronunciation of Lucian 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. Also form of Luke.


ASSOCIATED WITH light (bright), saint, scholar (philosopher)


VARIANTS Luciano, Lucianus, Lucien, Lucio, Lucjan, Lukianos, Lukyan




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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)

Lucian reached its peak position of #373 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is presently at #651. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lucian name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lucian outside U.S.

Which version is better?

Luke (#29 FROM RECENT DATA), Luciano (#494), Lucien (#1178), Lucius (#1382) and Lucio (#1721) are the prominent variation forms of Lucian (#651) 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 are almost as popular today (USAGE 0.55%, 11%), 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.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lucian, Luciano, Lucien, Lucio, Lucius, Luke in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Luke outside U.S.

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Recommended sound-alike names are Ardian, Arian, Auban, Bivian, Bunyan, Cullan, Dacian, Darian, Davian, Declan, Dugan, Duggan, Duran, Dustan, Eilian, Eirian, Eunan, Evian, Favian, Finian, Furman, Gian, Gilian, Gracian, Gullan, Jacan, Jacian, Jorian, Juan, Julian, Julyan, Jurian, Juwan, Kilian, Laban, Lachlan, Lachman, Larran, Lasean, Lathan, Laurean, Laurian, Lavan, Lesean, Levin, Licio, Lin, Linn, Logan, Loucan, Loucas, Louccan, Lowman, Luano, Luc, Lucan, Lucas, Lucho, Luck, Lucky, Luis, Luiz, Lukan, Lukas, Lunn, Luvern, Midian, Mochan, Ninian, Rian, Stian, Suman, Vivian, Vyvian and Yucatan. These names tend to be more frequently used than Lucian.

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