Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Lucy

Lucy is essentially the English equivalent of the French Lucie, both of which are ultimately derived from the Latin Lucia. Lucia comes from Lucius, an Old Roman masculine name derived from the Latin “lux” meaning “light”; a name often bestowed upon babies born at dawn (which would explain its heavy ancient usage). As a female given name, Lucia was made even more common throughout Europe during the Middle Ages thanks to St. Lucia of Syracuse, an early 4th century saint whose cult and legend grew in medieval times. Apropos, Lucia is the patron saint of blind people, as she was said to be the “way of light”. Born at the end of the 3rd century in Syracuse, Sicily, Lucia gave herself over to Christianity and refused her pagan bridegroom. Her rejected husband-to-be turned her over to the Roman authorities (at a time when the practice of Christianity was punishable by death). When the Roman guards came to kill her, they were unable to move her extremely heavy body– according to legend, Lucia had been filled with the Holy Spirit (which was the source behind all that extra weight). The guards were also prevented from burning her. So in the end, they gorged her eyes out with a fork. Moral of the story: you can take Lucia out of the light, but you can’t take the light out of Lucia. The French form, Lucie, was actually preserved by the herdsmen and peasants of France (as opposed to the more wealthy proprietors). In any case, Lucy found its way to England in the Middle Ages. The name experienced another surge in popularity during the 18th century and again more recently. Lucy is currently a very popular name throughout the English-speaking world. It is ranked #5 in Scotland, #6 in Northern Ireland, #7 in Ireland, #20 in Australia and #23 in England/Wales. In Northern America (i.e., Canada and the United States), Lucy isn’t quite as popular, but she’s definitely “shining” brightly.

All About the Baby Name – Lucy

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME LUCY

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME LUCY

The name Lucy is unquestionably experiencing a revival right now in America. At the turn of the last century, the name was a Top 50-100 pick for baby girls, but then its popularity diminished as decades wore on. By the 1970s, usage of the name Lucy was moderate at best. Then, in the mid-1990s, what was once passé suddenly became red hot. Lucy has been soaring up the charts and landed a spot back on America’s Top 100 list for the first time since 1924 (this just happened in 2010), and so far she continues to show upwards momentum. Lucy is traditionally thought of as a short form of the name Lucille (think: I Love Lucy), but Lucy is a well-established name in her own right. It’s clear that we all love Lucy now. The name has sweet, old-fashioned charm (like Lily, Emma, Chloe). She’s simply adorable.

Quick Facts

ON LUCY

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

66

PRONUNCIATION:

LEW-see

SIMPLE MEANING:

Light

Characteristics

OF LUCY

Mystical

Wise

Eccentric

Intuitive

Imaginative

Philosophical

Solitary

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Lucy

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME LUCY

Lucy is the youngest of the four Pevensie children who find their way into the magical kingdom of Narnia, in C. S. Lewis’ timeless The Chronicles of Narnia, first introduced in the 1950’s, most notably in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. While she and her siblings are staying at the country home of Professor Kirke in order to avoid the bombing blitz on London during World War II, it is 8 year old Lucy who finds the entry to Narnia through a wardrobe door, and convinces her at first skeptical older siblings to eventually join her. Time stands still on Earth while the children are in Narnia, and Lucy grows into the beloved “Queen Lucy the Valiant” during her fifteen years there. Although it has been hailed as a Christian allegory (Lewis was an enthusiastic Catholic convert), with Aslan the Lion as the central Christ figure, that hardly matters to the generations of children who have thrilled to the adventures in the books, movies and televised series.

Lucy is the delightfully crabby, bossy-pants little 8 year old created by Charles Schulz in his comic strip Peanuts. She terrorizes her brothers and friends, plays bad baseball, runs a 5 cent psychiatric booth and harbors an unrequited love for Schroeder the musician. Whether she is thwarting Charlie Brown from his kickoffs, dodging Snoopy’s sloppy kisses or hiding her brother Linus’ security blanket, she is always amusing and entertaining, if somewhat scary in a bad-seed kind of way. Nonetheless, Lucy has her soft side also, albeit seldom seen. She has been known to burst into tears at a perceived slight, she has actually complimented Charlie Brown on occasion, she has selflessly rescued her brother Linus from the great pumpkin patch, and she has actually hugged Snoopy, famously declaring that "Happiness is a warm puppy”.

Lucy is the beautiful , vivacious and innocent young girl of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel, Dracula, the dear friend of the heroine, Mina Murray, and the one who falls first victim to the vampire’s bloodlust, joining the ranks of the unholy herself. Through no fault of her own, for she is pure and good, Lucy embarks upon the morbid feeding of the blood of children, and it is only through her death that she is liberated and takes her rightful place among the angels.

Lucy is the eponymous heroine of Jamaica Kincaid’s 1990 novella, Lucy, about a young Caribbean woman who travels to the United States to become an au pair for the children of a wealthy white family. As a newcomer and foreigner adjusting to her new home, Lucy is beset by the demons of her past in the British-colonized islands, a past in which she felt neither valued nor recognized. Through the new relationships she forges and her experiences as an immigrant, Lucy comes to a new level of self-awareness and developing fulfillment, open and ready for what lies ahead.

Popular Songs

ON LUCY

The Ballad of Lucy Jordan
a song by Marianne Faithfull

Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
a song by the Beatles

Forgetful Lucy
a song by Adam Sandler

Loose Lucy
a song by The Grateful Dead

Lucy
a song by Candlebox

Lucy Dee
a song by Vince Gill

Lucy Doesn't Love You
a song by Ivy

Lucy in the Subway
a song by Phish

Lucy's Door
a song by Harry Belafonte

Rubber Lucy
a song by the Hollies

There Goes Lucy
a song by The Rembrandts

Watch Out For Lucy
a song by Eric Clapton

Famous People

NAMED LUCY

Lucy Liu (actress)
Lucy Hayes (U.S. First Lady)
Lucy Lawless (actress)
Lucy Burns (woman's suffragist)
Lucy Liu (actress)
Lucy Hayes (U.S. First Lady)
Lucy Lawless (actress)
Lucy Burns (woman's suffragist)
Lucy Liu (actress)
Lucy Hayes (U.S. First Lady)
Lucy Lawless (actress)
Lucy Burns (woman's suffragist)

Children of Famous People

NAMED LUCY

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME LUCY

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Lucy