French variation of Latin Lucilla

Lucille Origin and Meaning

The name Lucille is a girl's name of French origin meaning "light".

Lucille is a name that had long been overpowered by its link to Lucille Ball, with an image of tangerine-colored hair, big, round eyes, and a tendency to stage daffy and desperate stunts. But with the newfound craze for double-L names like Lily and Lila, Lulu and Luna, and as the choice of Lucille by hipster parents Maya Rudolph and Paul Thomas Anderson, Lucille is breaking free from its old clownish image, moving rapidly up the charts over the past decade after a long nap.

Lucille has a history that far predates Lucille Ball and the 1950s. It was well used by Christians of the Roman Empire and began to be used in the U.K. and the U.S. in the nineteenth century, making it one of the most classic names for girls. Reaching as high as Number 27 on the popular names list of 1919—when there was a vogue for French sounding names like Marguerite and Genevieve—Lucille stayed in the Top 40 from 1906 to 1924. This was followed by an almost thirty-year slump starting in 1977, when it fell off the list completely, only to return in 2003.

# 285 in the US

Lucille Rank in US Top 1000

# 491 on Nameberry

Lucille Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Lucille Popularity

Famous People Named Lucille

  • Lucille Désirée BallAmerican actress and comedienne
  • Lucille Fay LeSueurbirth name of Joan Crawford, American actress
  • Lucille Theresa BlissAmerican actress
  • Lucille Elsa RoybalAllard, U.S. Congresswoman from California
  • Lucille Frances "Lucy" LawlessNew Zealand actress
  • Karen Lucille "Lucy" HaleAmerican actress
  • Lucille MulhallAmerican cowgirl and Wild West performer
  • Lucille LortelAmerican actress
  • Lucille Maree HamiltonAustralian basketball player
  • Lucille Loretta WallAmerican actress
  • Lucille OpitzGerman speed skater
  • Lucille CliftonAmerican poet
  • (Violet) Lucille FletcherAmerican screenwriter
  • Lucille SoongAmerican actress
  • Lucille Marie Raymonde (Savoie) StarrCanadian singer
  • Lucille Ricksen (born Ingeborg Myrtle Elisabeth Ericksen)American actress
  • Lucille Anderson (b. 2009)daughter of actress Maya Rudolph and director Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Mary "Lucille" Diana Hanson (b. 2016)daughter of American pop rock singer Zac Hanson
  • Lucille Ruby Odom (b. 2017)daughter of actor Leslie Odom Jr. and Nicolette Robinson

Lucille in Pop Culture

  • Lucille Bluth and Lustille Austerocharacters on TV's "Arrested Development"
  • Lucille "Lucy" van Peltcharacter in the Peanuts series
  • Lucille Hewittcharacter on British soap "Coronation Street"
  • Lucille March Weekscharacter on American soap "General Hospital"
  • Lucille the Rubber Freakcharacter in Lily Tomlin's sketches
  • Lucillecharacter in movie "Kingdom Come"
  • Lucillecharacter in the Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park
  • LucilleNegan's bat on 'The Walking Dead'
  • LucilleLittle Richard song (1957)
  • LucilleKenny Rogers song (1977)
  • Lucillename of B.B. King's guitars
  • LucilleB.B. King song (1985)
  • Lucille Sharpecharacter in movie "Crimson Peak"