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Gender: Female Pronunciation: loo-SEE-a or loo-CHEE-a or LOO-sha Meaning of Lucia: "light" Origin of Lucia: Italian, feminine variation of Lucius, Latin Lucia's Popularity in 2017: #185

The name Lucia is a girl's name of Spanish, Italian origin meaning "light". Lucia is ranked #185 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Saints' Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quick Question Thread?!".

From the experts:

A lovely name, Lucia is the Latinate spelling of Lucy with operatic connections. Lucia is a girls' name that traditionally was given to babies born as daylight was breaking.

A variety of references include Santa Lucia, a fourth century martyr who was revered in the Middle Ages and the Caribbean island named for her, and the tragic opera Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti.

Lucia has for several years ranked as the Number 1 name in Spain. It was chosen for their daughters by James Joyce, Mira Sorvino, Giovanni Ribisi, Mel Gibson, and Sasha Alexander and Eduardo Pointi, among others .

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Famous People Named Lucia

Lucia Maria Raniera, Princess of Bourbon-Two Sicilies; Duchess of Genoa; Duchess of Ancona
Lucia Cifarelli, American lead singer of band KMFDM
Lucía Etxebarría, Spanish novelist
Lucia Elizabeth Vestris (born Elizabetta Lucia Bartolozzi), British actress and theatre manager
Lucia Galeazzi Galvani, Italian scientist
Lucia Popp, Slovakian operatic soprano
Lucia Micarelli, American violinist
Lucia Anger, German skier
Lucia Joyce, daughter of novelist James Joyce
Lucia Chase, American ballerina; cofounder of American Ballet Theatre
Lucia Roberta "Lucy" Tough Bronze, English football player
Lucía "Lucy" Vives (b. 1996), daughter of Colombian singer Carlos Vives
Lucia Santina Ribisi (b. 1997), daughter of actor Giovanni Ribisi
Lucia Colosimo (b. 2002), daughter of actors Jane Hall and Vince Colosimo
Lucia de la Calle (b. 2003), daughter of singer Natalie Merchant and Daniel de la Calle
Lucia Sofia Ponti (b. 2006), daughter of actress Sasha Alexander and Eduardo Ponti
Lucia Sanders (b. 2007), daughter of TV personality Ed Sanders; triplet of sisters Scarlette and Azure
Lucia Gibson (b. 2009), daughter of actor Mel Gibson
Lucia Rose Mariano (b. 2009), daughter of reality TV's Rob and Amber Mariano
Lucia Bella Benet (b. 2011), daughter of musician Eric Benet
Lucia Backus (b. 2012), daughter of actors Mira Sorvino and Christopher Backus
Lucia Gotch, daughter of actress Alexandra Pigg and producer Tarquin Gotch
Lucia Stella Florez (b. 2014), daughter of tenor Juan Diego Florez
Lucia Martine Intal (b. 2015), daughter of actress Bianca Gonzalez and basketball player J.C. Intal

Pop Culture References for the name Lucia

Lucia "Lucy" Honeychurch, main character in the novel A Room With A View
"Lucia di Lammermoor," opera by Gaetano Donizetti and its main character
Emmeline "Lucia" Lucas, character in the Mapp and Lucia series by E.F. Benson
Lucia, what Capt Gregg calls Lucy Muir in "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir"
Lucia, a Gamemaker in The Hunger Games movie (not mentioned in the novel)
Lucia Damora, character in Morgan Rhodes' "Falling Kingdoms"
Lucia, character in video games Contra and Neo Contra
Lucia Morgan, character in video game Final Fight 3
Lucia, character in the Fire Emblem video games
Lucia Raregroove, character in manga/anime series "Rave Master"
Lucia, character in video games Suikoden II and III
Lucia von Bardas, character in Marvel Comics
Lucia, character in video game "Pangya"
Lucia, character in video game "Lunar: Eternal Blue"
Lucia Nanami, main character in manga/anime "Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch"
Queen Lucia, character on TV's "Elena of Avalor"
Can also be pronounced LUTZ-ia.
Lucia Volnero, character in the Waterfire Saga by Jennifer Donnelly

Lucia's International Variations

Luciana, Luciella (Italian) Lusila, Chia, Chila (Spanish) Lucinenne (French)


SilverSky109 Says:


I have the opposite problem. I love loo-SEE-uh, but can't stand the other pronunciations so I worry that people will say the wrong ones!

SilverSky109 Says:


How is the name of that holiday pronounced? I've never heard of it but it sounds lovely.

josephinedagnall Says:


I love this name when it's pronounced 'loo-CHEE-a', but I worry everyone where I live would assume I pronounced it 'loo-see-a'.

Phoenix2018 Says:


Saint Lucia is a Scandinavian holiday on December 13th. It is a beautiful celebration with candles and saffron rolls. Both the holiday and the name represent light and hope. Across many different religions, light is a commonly used symbol representing things such as hope.
Examples: the menorah in Judaism, Diwali in Hinduism, the north star in the Bible, and a tree with Christmas lights. To me, the name Lucia means hope and light.

Miriam2468 Says:


I had a friend who pronounced it LOO-SHE-A.

The Ubiquitous Shadow Says:


I love this name!! for me at least I like the loo-see-a pronunciation but both are pretty!

Daiseymae Says:


Thank you. 😀

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Well, I didn't mean that was necessarily the only way to pronounce it. Any (logical) way is fine for me. Back then, I wasn't quite so sure.

Daiseymae Says:


My husband's cousin is from Colombia, and she says loo-see-ya. Loo-chee-ah is definitely Italian.

nic_blondie Says:


I'm Italian and, maybe it's the dialect I grew up around, but I've never heard the pronunciation "lu-CHEE-ah". I've heard Luciana (lu-CHEE-ahn-na) but that's about as close as it got. As far as I've known, it's always been lu-CHA.

Victoriarossdale Says:


The name can also be pronounced as
Loo-tz(as in tz in bar mitzvah)-e(as in e in me)-ah.

Myanover Says:


Lucia is my best friend from school , it is a beautiful verse of Lucy!!!!!😀

paulapuddephatt Says:


So beautiful, love this, as well as Lucy and Lucinda - knew one Lucia, years ago, but do remember that the different ways to pronounce her name caused confusion, which is the one aspect which makes me lean towards Lucy and Lucinda, in general

Yessica Says:


I'm Italian but I like the Loo-SEE-a pronunciation.

abertawe Says:


And in much of Spain, it is "loo-THEE-a"

americanoxygen Says:


I'm Spanish and in Spain we usually say loo-THEE-a

MarisaRath Says:


I love the loo-sha pronunciation best. But all of them are pretty.

indiefendi2 Says:


Despite popular mispronunciation, Lucia in Italian is LU-cha, NOT lu-CHEE-a. Imagine saying ciao, you say that as chow, not chee ow. Cia makes a cha sound.

DaisyMaisie Says:


in many countries it is the pronounced "loo-SEE-a" so that is probably the right one..

CupcakeGirl13 Says:


Reversed! I know someone who pronounces it Loo-Chee-A, and people always call her Loo-See-A, or Loo-Sha.

CupcakeGirl13 Says:


I love the pronunciation Loo-Chee-A, the Italian way. Lulu is a great nickname:)

Lucia Says:


No it isn't. There are different ways how its pronounced. But in my opinion, I HATED when teachers automatically assume it was luchia, and my last clearly wasn't Italian

Lucia Says:


I'm a girl with this exact same problem! People automatically assume that its luchia! This made me hate my name for a year, but now i like my name. Its unique to me.

tori101 Says:


This name pronounced Lu CHEE a is really growing on me it's just to spunky : )

Catastroffy Says:


I went to school with a girl named Lucia (pronounced loo-chee-ah).

madmaddie Says:


Arguably the "real" way to say it is the other two options. It depends on where you’re from...there's no correct way. It’s like with Anna (will you pronounce it on-a or ann-a?).

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


When I first saw this name I thought it was pronounced loo-see-a but everyone else seemed to pronounce it as loo-Sha or loo-CHEE-a. I like loo-see-a a lot better :)

Lisa Aragon Duque Says:


As the number one girl name in Spain and being Spanish myself, my daughter's name is pronounced Loo-see-a (Loo-thee-a in Spain). I hate when people automatically assume it is Luchia, you can tell from her last name we are definitely NOT Italian.

gigiwells11 Says:


The real way to say this name is Lu Chee a everybody thinks its the Italian way but its not

gigiwells11 Says:


Its supposed to be pronounced

Alicia1 Says:


What a precious name, I like the lu-see-a pronunciation. So special......

Talasa Says:


It depends on the country, the language, my name is Lucía, and in spanish speaking countries we pronounce it Loo-see-ah (The ah is like the sound of the o in house)

banomi Says:


I plan on naming my daughter Lucia - pronounced the Italian way (lu-CHEE-a).

HatGirl Says:


I know a girl named ana lucia and it is pronouced (lu see a)

kitchi1 Says:


It can be pronounced either way :)

kitchi1 Says:


There's three pronunciations (that I know of). Loo-see-uh, loo-chee-uh, and Loo-shuh. I say it LOO-shuh.

Guest Says:


yeah that's the Italian way, but other people would say Lucía or loo-sha. So idk which one I would choose.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I believe it is loo-CHEE-ah.

MaryKathryn Says:


If this name is pronounced like St. Lucia (loosha), I don't see the appeal in it at all, BUT if this name is pronounced Loo-see-uh, I love it!

Guest Says:


My only dilemma is "how would I pronounce it?!"

Name Says:


My best friend Elaine has just had a beautiful baby girl and has names her Lucia, what a lovely name...Me gusta mucho.. Congrats to Elaine & Carl..Love Michelle x