Luke ( /ˈluːk/) is a male given name, and less commonly, a surname.
Some commentaries suggest that the name is derived from the Latin name Lucas, meaning 'man from Lucania, (a region of Italy). However, the earliest known recording of the name is from the Bible which was in existence before the Latin language was prominent. The Gospel of Luke was written around AD 70 to 90, and it is from here that the name was first popularised. Luke, who wrote the Gospel of Luke, was a physician who lived around AD 30 to 130 (exact years are not known), and he also wrote the Book of Acts in the Bible. Luke is also mentioned by the Apostle Paul in some of the letters Paul wrote to first-century churches.
Luke is the 21st most popular name for new babies in England and Wales, the 43rd most popular name for new babies in the United States, and the 2,105th most common surname in the US, with 15,000 people (0.006%) sharing the surname.
Read more about Luke: Variants in Other Languages, People Known As Luke
Famous quotes containing the word luke:
“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”
—Bible: New Testament, Luke 2:13,14.
“Then Pilate asked him, Are you the king of the Jews? He answered, You say so.”
—Bible: New Testament, Luke 23:3.
“Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.”
—Bible: New Testament, Luke 1:28.
Angel to Mary.