The name Lucian is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "light". Lucian is ranked #583 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Saints' Names For Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".
From the experts:
Lucian is a sleeker, more sophisticated version of Lucius that is climbing in tandem with other Lu-starting names, now ranking at Number 626 in the USA and 69 on Nameberry.
Historically, the name was made famous by the ancient Greek satirist Lucian of Samosata--sometimes considered the father of science fiction-- and by the third century St. Lucian.
A modern bearer was Berlin-born British painter Lucian Freud, grandson of Sigmund. In pop culture, Lucian the Lycan is a werewolf in the Underworld movies.
Lucian was picked by Indie actor Steve Buscemi. Lucien is the French version. The attractive Italian form is Luciano, as in Pavarotti.