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.

Popularity of name Luke
in England and Wales
2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 1998
25th 21st 17th 13th 15th 14th 13th
Popularity of name Luke in United States
2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990 1989 1988 1987
43rd 41st 41st 46th 46th 50th 59th 67th 75th 78th 75th 82nd 91st 87th 93rd 113th 118th 121st 119th 111th

Read more about Luke:  Variants in Other Languages, People Known As Luke

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Famous quotes containing the word luke:

    Simon, Simon, listen! Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your own faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.
    Bible: New Testament, Luke 22:31,32.

    Then the father said to him, Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours.
    Bible: New Testament, Luke 15:31.

    When the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God and said, “Certainly this man was innocent.”
    Bible: New Testament, Luke 23:47.