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Gender: Female Meaning of Lucille: "light" Origin of Lucille: French variation of Latin Lucilla Lucille's Popularity in 2017: #264

The name Lucille is a girl's name of French origin meaning "light". Lucille is ranked #264 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Classic Girl Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Best name or combo from previous poster's signature!".

From the experts:

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.

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Famous People Named Lucille

Lucille Désirée Ball, American actress and comedienne
Lucille Fay LeSueur, birth name of Joan Crawford, American actress
Lucille Theresa Bliss, American actress
Lucille Elsa Roybal-Allard, U.S. Congresswoman from California
Lucille Frances "Lucy" Lawless, New Zealand actress
Karen Lucille "Lucy" Hale, American actress
Lucille Mulhall, American cowgirl and Wild West performer
Lucille Lortel, American actress
Lucille Maree Hamilton, Australian basketball player
Lucille Loretta Wall, American actress
Lucille Opitz, German speed skater
Lucille Clifton, American poet
(Violet) Lucille Fletcher, American screenwriter
Lucille Soong, American actress
Lucille Marie Raymonde (Savoie) Starr, Canadian 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

Pop Culture References for the name Lucille

Lucille Bluth and Lustille Austero, characters on TV's "Arrested Development"
Lucille "Lucy" van Pelt, character in the Peanuts series
Lucille Hewitt, character on British soap "Coronation Street"
Lucille March Weeks, character on American soap "General Hospital," played by Lucille Wall
Lucille the Rubber Freak, character in Lily Tomlin's sketches
Lucille, character in movie "Kingdom Come"
Lucille, character in the Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park
Lucille, Negan's bat on 'The Walking Dead'
Lucille, Little Richard song (1957)
Lucille, Kenny Rogers song (1977)
Lucille, name of B.B. King's guitars
Lucille, B.B. King song (1985)

Luseele, Lucilla, Lucila, Loucille, Lusile, Lucyle, Lucile, Luselle


NannerLulu888 Says:


My daughter Lucille was so happy to find her name in the Junie B Jones books!

KLS2 Says:


That's interesting. I always saw it as the opposite, with Lucy (Lucie) being the "baby" version, and Lucille being the "grown up" version.

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meaganegibson Says:


I absolutely adore this name. When I adopted my first dog her previous owner called her Lucy, so I made her full name Lucille. Very beautiful and special to me :)

NannerLulu888 Says:


My oldest is named Lucille. We call her Luci for short. We picked this name because Bram Strokers Dracula.

Lola Says:


Lucille is cute for a little girl, and if that gets too babyish for her she can use Lucie through adulthood. (:

vintageisfave Says:


I LOVE this for a first or middle name. It goes well with so many names, and there are many different nicknames for Lucille. My favorites are Lou and Lulu. Lucy is cute, but it's getting way too popular. Cici is adorable as well.

Saffron_Rice Says:


I love this as a middle name - it goes so well with so many names.

ThistleThorn Says:


Along with that Grace and Junie B. I actually love this name though, very appealing and girly.

Leah3456 Says:


A vintage classic that is quickly rising up the charts.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


I know a girl who is called Lucille, but hates being called that and goes by Lucy all the time.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


Other nicknames that you can use may be Luce, Lucia, Lou, or Lily.

Alicia1 Says:


I really like this name, its a cute vintage name that contains the ll that seems so appealing to so many. How can anyone resist the best nickname ever?! Lucy :)