[ 2 syll. lu-cy, luc-y ] The baby girl name Lucy is pronounced as LUW-Siy- †. Lucy's language of origin is Latin and it is predominantly used in English. The meaning of Lucy is 'bright, born at daybreak'. It is from the word lux which is of the meaning 'light'. The name Lucy is derived via Lucie (Old French), itself a vernacular form of Lucia (Latin). In the medieval period, the Latin name Lucia was sometimes bestowed upon babies born at daybreak. One of its Latin derivatives was Lucina, an epithet of Juno, the Roman mythological queen of the gods and goddess of childbirth.
The name was borne by the 4th-century Saint Lucia of Syracuse, known also as Saint Lucy. She became the patron saint of eye disease sufferers as she was said to have her eyes gouged out; this tradition is closely linked with the etymology of the name and its association with light. Due to the cult of the saint, the name Lucy has been taken up by English speakers since the Middle Ages; it later became popular in the 18th century. The name Lucia was first adopted by English speakers in the late 19th century, sometimes in place of Lucy. Lucy is also used as an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Luíseach.
In literature, the name has been borne by the conniving maid Lucy in Richard Brinsley Sheridan's play The Rivals (1775) and the heroine Lucy Ashton in Sir Walter Scott's historical novel The Bride of Lammermoor (1819). The latter became the basis for Donizetti's successful opera Lucia di Lammermoor (1835), which popularized the form Lucia.
Lucy is a familiar form of the English and French Lucille.
Lucy is also a familiar form of the English, Portuguese, and Spanish Lucinda.
Lucy is the feminine version of the English, German, and French Lucius.
The name Lucy is widely used; it has 60 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English forms of the name include Liusaidh, Lou, Loucy, Loulou, Lucea, Lucee, Lucette (also used in French), Luciana (also used in Italian and Spanish), Luciane, Lucianna, Lucida, Lucile (also used in French), Lucilla (also used in German, Italian, and Spanish), Lucina, Lucinna, Lucye, Lucyja, Lucza, Lue, Luise, Lusita, and Luzy. Other English forms include the contracted forms Lu and Luce (also used in French, and Italian), the familiar forms Lucetta, Lucille (also used in French), Lucky, Lula, and Lulu, and the spelling variants Luci (also used in Armenian, French, and Slavic) and Lucie (also used in Old French, Czech and French).
Forms used in foreign languages include Laoise (Irish), Liùsaidh (Scottish), Lleucu (Welsh), Luca (Hungarian and Italian), Lucena (Spanish), Luciella (Italian), Lucienne (French and German), Lucija (Latvian and Slavic), Lucika (Slavic), Lucila (Spanish), Lucine (Armenian, Basque, and Slavic), Luciole (French), Lucita (Spanish), Lucía (Spanish), Lucja (Polish), Lucka (Slavic), Lucya (Polish), Lucyna (Polish), Luke (Hawaiian), Lusia (German), Luz (Spanish), Luzi (German), Luzia (German and Portuguese), Luzie (French and German), Luzija (Russian), Lúcia (Portuguese), and Ruihi (Maori).
See also the related form, the Irish Luíseach.
See also the related categories, medieval, queen, gods, eyes, light (sun), roman, maid, daybreak (morning), cult, heroine (conqueror), bright, opera, successful (flourishing), goddess, literature, french, saint, epithet, historical (ancient), anglicized, and gaelic.
Lucy is a popular baby girl name, and it is also regarded as trendy. In 1900, 0.392% of baby girls were named Lucy. It was #61 in rank then. The baby name has experienced a steep drop in frequency since then. In 2018, it ranked at #51 with a usage of 0.236%, having regained some lost ground in the recent decade. Among all girl names in its family, Lucy was the most popular. Lucy was thrice as popular as the 2nd most popular name, Lucia, in 2018. The name Lucy has been primarily given to baby girls, although it has also been used as a boy name in the last century. In 1906, 61 times more baby girls than boys were given the name Lucy.
† Pronunciation for Lucy: L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; UW as in "two (T.UW)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"
Details of famous persons named Lucy:
Actress Lucy Lawless, born 29 March 1968, Auckland, New Zealand.
Actress Lucy Liu, born 2 December 1968, Queens, New York.