[ 2 syll. lut-her, lu-th-er ] The baby boy name Luther is pronounced as LUW-TH-er †. Luther is used mostly in English and it is of Germanic origin. A two-element name, it is derived from the elements 'liut' which means people ; 'heri' army, warrior. The first name is from a German surname, often bestowed by Protestants in honor of the theologian and church reformer Martin Luther (1483-1546). The first name was adopted by English speakers from the 19th century. The name was also borne by the Black US civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr (1929-1968), who was named after the church reformer; his assassination motivated many Afro-Americans to bestow the name in tribute to him.
Luther is rare as a baby name for boys. At the modest peak of its usage in 1905, 0.215% of baby boys were named Luther. Its ranking then was #79. The baby name has since substantially slipped in popularity, and is currently used on a very light scale. Out of all boy names in its group, Luther was nevertheless the most regularly used in 2012.
Baby names that sound like Luther include Luthor, Lathair, Leather, Lether, Leuter, Loder, Lodir, Lodor, Lodur, Lodyr, Lothair, Lothaire, Lothar, Lother, Lothur, Louther, Luter, Lautaro, Leandrew, and Lutero.
† Pronunciation for Luther: L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; UW as in "two (T.UW)" ; TH as in "theme (TH.IY.M)" ; ER as in "hurt (HH.ER.T)"
Details of famous persons named Luther:
Botanist Luther Burbank, born 7 March 1849 - 11 April 1926, Lancaster, Massachusetts.
Singer Luther Vandross, born 20 April 1951 - 1 July 2005, New York, New York.