Lucius Origin and Meaning

The name Lucius is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "light".

Lucius is an old Roman clan name that has lots of religious and literary resonance, yet is still vital today. It was the name of three popes, appears in several Shakespeare plays, and, like all the names beginning with 'luc' relates to the Latin word for light.It was one of a limited number of forenames used in ancient Rome, and because of its meaning was often given to boys born at dawn.

In the Bible, Lucius is the name of three people; Shakespeare used it for the son of Titus in Titus Andronicus, a young servant of Brutus in Julius Caesar, a lord in Timon of Athens and a Roman general in Cymbeline.

Other fictional bearers of the name can be found in Le Morte d'Arthur, The Golden Ass, Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, Faulkner's The Reivers, Batman, Talladega Nights, and The Incredibles. Lucius Malfoy, the father of Draco, is a Harry Potter villain, and other Luciuses have been portrayed on screen by Morgan Freeman, Joaquin Phoenix and Luke Wilson.

Real-life namesakes include renowned World War II General Lucius B. Clay, and writer, photographer, and bon vivant Lucius Beebe.

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Famous People Named Lucius

  • Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix"Sulla," Roman statesman and general
  • Lucius Tarquinius Superbusseventh king of Rome
  • Lucius Tarquinius Priscusfifth king of Rome
  • Lucius Licinius LucullusSenator of the Roman Republic, closely connected to Sulla
  • Lucius Septimus BassianuaRoman Emperor known as Caracalla
  • Lucius Aurelius CommodusRoman Emperor
  • Lucius Aemilius Paullus MacedonicusRoman consul and general
  • Lucius VerusRoman Emperor
  • Lucius D. ClayAmerican general, postwar administrator of Germany
  • Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar IIU.S. Senator from Mississippi, cabinet member and Supreme Court justice
  • Lucius ShepardAmerican SF/fantasy writer
  • Lucius of Cyreneteacher at the Antioch church (Acts 13:1)

Lucius in Pop Culture

  • Lucius Malfoycharacter from the Harry Potter series and father of Draco Malfoy
  • Lucius Foxcharacter in "Batman" series
  • Lucius Huntcharacter in movie "The Village" played by Joaquin Phoenix
  • Luciusson of Titus in "Titus Andronicus" by William Shakespeare
  • Luciusservant in "Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare
  • Luciuscharacter in the game "Fire Emblem"
  • Luciuspit crew captain in movie "Talladega Nights," played by Michael Clarke Duncan
  • Luciusthe main character in the poem "The Golden Ass" by Apuleius
  • Luciuscharacter from poem "Le Morte d'Arthur"
  • Lucius the Eternalcharacter in the "Warhammer 40,000" universe
  • Lucius Favershamcharacter in the radio comedy "The Penny Dreadfuls Present..."
  • Lucius Best/Frozonecryokinetic superhero from movie "The Incredibles"
  • Lucius Downcharacter in the Jeff Smith comic "Bone"
  • Lucius Lavincharacter from the "Stargate Atlantis" episodes Irresistible and Irresponsible
  • Lucius (Luke) Provinea man with the hiccups in "A Bear Hunt" by William Faulkner
  • Lucius Petrus Dextruscharacter from the "Doctor Who" episode "The Fires of Pompeii"
  • Lucius Vorenuscharacter in TV's "Rome," loosely based on a centurion in Julius Caesar's army
  • Lucius Quicka young boy in "The Reivers" by William Faulkner as well as movie adaptation
  • Lucius Hogganbecka baby named after the Lucius Quick in "The Reivers"
  • Luciuscharacter in the video game "Trinity Universe"
  • Lucius Brockwaycharacter in " Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison
  • Lucius Wagnercharacter in video game "Lucius"
  • Luciuscharacter played by Ron Randell, in the 1961 film King of Kings
  • Luciusa character in 'Fallout: New Vegas'
  • Lucius is the aide to President Karst in video game Final Fantasy 11
  • Lucius Isaacsoncharacter in "The Alienist"