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Gender: Male Pronunciation: LU-shun or LU-see-un Meaning of Lucian: "light" Origin of Lucian: Latin Lucian's Popularity in 2017: #583

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 "Quick Question Thread?!".

From the experts:

Lucian is a sleeker, more sophisticated version of Lucius that is climbing in tandem with other Lu-starting names.

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.

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Famous People Named Lucian

Lucian of Samosata, Assyrian-Greek rhetorician and satirist
Saint Lucian of Antioch, theologian, martyr
Saint Lucian of Beauvais, martyr
Lucian Michael Freud, German-British painter
Lucian Iulian Sânmărtean, Romanian footballer
Lucian Bute, Romanian-Canadian boxer
Lucian Boz, Romanian literary critic
Lucian of Chester, monk and author
Lucian Georgevici, Romanian politician
Lucian Pintilie, Romanian film director
Lucian Blaga, Romanian philosopher and poet
Lucian Buscemi (b. 1990), son of actor Steve Buscemi
Lucian Augustus Coppola Cage (b. 2014), son of Weston Cage & Danielle Friedman

Pop Culture References for the name Lucian

Lucian, a lycan in the film 'Underworld'
Lucian Graymark, werewolf in Cassandra Clare's 'Mortal Instruments' series
Lucian Gregory, red-haired anarchist poet in 'The Man Who Was Thursday' (1908) by G. K. Chesterton
Lucian, a branch of the Cahill family in the 39 Clues series, descended from Luke Cahill
Lucian Kiggs, a main character in "Seraphina" by Rachel Hartman
Lucian Aster, character in Marvel Universe
Lucian, member of the Elite Four in the Pokémon video games
Dark Swordsman Lucian, character in video game Lunar Knights

Lucian's International Variations

Lucan (Irish) Lucien (French) Luciano, Lucio (Spanish) Luciano (Portuguese)