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Gender: Female Meaning of Lucy: "light" Origin of Lucy: English, variation of Lucia Lucy's Popularity in 2017: #52

The name Lucy is a girl's name of English, Latin origin meaning "light". Lucy is ranked #52 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Antique Baby Names Back in Style and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

Lucy was fashionable first in England and Wales but now is popular in the US as well. That's due to its attractiveness on so many levels: Lucy is both saucy and solid, a saint's name and heroine of several great novels, and is associated with characters as diverse as the bossy Lucy in Peanuts, the psychedelic "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," and the madcap I Love Lucy.

The English form of the equally appealing Roman Lucia, which derives from the Latin word "lux" meaning "light," Lucy/Lucia was at one time given to girls born at dawn. Lucy Lockit was featured in John Gay's comic opera The Beggar's Opera; Lucy Snowe is a main character in Charlotte Brontë's novel Villette.

Currently, Lucy Liu has imparted a new strength to the name; Lucy Stone was an important American activist. Lucy is one of the most popular girls' names starting with L.

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Famous People Named Lucy

Lucille Désirée "Lucy" Ball, American actress
Lucy Stone, American suffragist and abolitionist
Lucy Alexis Liu, American actress
Lucille Frances "Lucy" Lawless, New Zealand actress
Lucy Maud (L.M.) Montgomery, Canadian novelist
Lucy Burns, American suffragist
Karen Lucille "Lucy" Hale, American actress & singer
Lucinda Margaret "Lucy" Grealy, American poet
Lucy-Mae Beacock, English actress
Lucy Rose (Parton), English singer-songwriter
Lucy Gordon, pen name of Christine Sparks Fiorotto, English novelist
Lucy Gordon, English model/actress
Lucy Ursula Griffiths, English actress
Lucy Kaplansky, American singer-songwriter
Lucy Louise Knisley, American cartoonist and musician
Lucy Haeran Koh, American federal judge
Lucy Kellaway, English journalist
Lucy Lippard, American author and critic
Lucy McKenzie, Scottish artist
Lucy Eldine Gonzalez Parsons, American labor activist
Lucy Orta, English visual artist
Lucy Walker, English film director
Lucy Spraggan, English musician
Lucy Deakins, American actress
Lucy Danziger, American magazine editor
Lucy Elizabeth Fry, Australian actress
Lucy Thurber, American playwright
Lucy Owen, Welsh news anchor
Lucy Wainwright Roche, American singer-songwriter
Lucy O'Brien, English author and journalist
Lucy Torres-Gomez, Filipina actress
Lucy Punch, English actress
Lucy Champion, Irish singer of music group Anuna
Lucia Roberta "Lucy" Tough Bronze, English football player
Lucy Kane, English singer; daughter of model Linda Lusardi and Samuel Kane
Lucy Chet DeVito, American actress, daughter of actors Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman
Lucy-Belle Guthrie, daughter of Robin Guthrie and Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins
Lucy Shackell, daughter of actress Fiona Fullerton and Neil Shackell
Lucy Jane Bonin, daughter of author Jennifer Weiner Bonin
Lucy Jane Savant (b. 2005), daughter of actors Laura Leighton and Doug Savant
Lucy Elizabeth Linch (b. 2007), daughter of legal commentator and TV host Nancy Grace
Lucy Brown (b. 2008), daughter of singer Zac Brown
Lucy Vallely, daughter of pro skateboarder Mike Vallely
Lucy Jean Bemis (b. 2013), daughter of singers Sherri DuPree of Eisley and Max Bemis of Say Anything
Lucy Thomas Manning (b. 2013), daughter of football player Eli Manning
Lucy Marie Wolf (b. 2014), daughter of actor Scott Wolf
Lucy Day (b. 2015), daughter of golfer Jason Day
Nigella Lucy Lawson, English celebrity chef
Lucy Iglesias (b. 2017), daughter of Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias and former pro tennis player Anna Kournikova
Lucy Deru (b. 2018), daughter of YouTube vloggers Julie & Landon Deru of Deru Crew Vlogs

Pop Culture References for the name Lucy

Lucy Pevensie, character in "The Chronicles of Narnia" book series
Lucille "Lucy" van Pelt, character in the Peanuts series
Lucy Ricardo, character on TV's "I Love Lucy" played by Lucille Ball
Lucy Honeychurch, character in "A Room with a View"
Lucy Condon, main character on TV's "Alien Dawn"
Lucy Shapiro, character in "Good In Bed"
Lucy, character in "Living Dead Girl" by Elizabeth Scott
Lucy Pearl, R&B group
Lucy Snowe, main character in "Villette" by Charlotte Bronte
Lucy Gringe, character from the Septimus Heap series
Lucy Weasley, daughter of Percy and Audrey Weasley in the Harry Potter series
Lucy Lane, Lois Lane's younger sister in the DC Universe
Lucy, doll in Maurice Sendak's "Little Bear"
"Put Your Shoes On Lucy," song performed by Petula Clark and Anne Shelton
Lucy Rippinghall, character in G. A. Henty's, Friends Though Divided
Lucy Diamond, character in movie D.E.B.S
"Lucy," song by the band Skillet
Lucy, character from TV's "The Big Bang Theory"
Lucy Whitmore - Drew Barrymore's character in movie "50 First Dates"
"Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" - song by The Beatles
Lucy Quinn Fabray, character on TV's "Glee"
Lucy, character in movie "Across the Universe"
Lucy Moran, character on TV's "Twin Peaks"
Lucy, character in anime "Elfen Lied"
Lucy Coe, character on soap "General Hospital"
Lucy McClane, daughter in the Die Hard movies
Lucy Westenra, character in "Dracula"
Lucy Muir, main character in "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir"
Lucy Proek, character on TV's "Fortysomething"
"Lucy," song by Hanson
Lucy the Elephant, landmark
"Lucy in the Sky", anonymously written novel
Lucy Kingston, character in G. A. Henty's, With Lee in Virginia
Lucy Saxon, character on TV's "Doctor Who"
Lucy Messer, character on TV's "CSI:NY"
Lucy Carlyle, character in "Lockwood & Co"
Lucy Katherine Beale, character on British soap "Eastenders"
Lucy aka "Wild Style" in "The Lego Movie"
Lucy Camden-Kinkirk, character on TV's "7th Heaven"
Lucy Barker, character in the musical and movie Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Lucy, character on TV's "The Bletchley Circle"
Lucy Clinton, character in G. A. Henty's, The Dash for Khartoum
Lucy Spiller, character from TV's Dirt
Lucy Steele, character in 'Sense and Sensibility' by Jane Austen
Lucy Stillman, a character in the video game series, 'Assassin's Creed'
Lucy Oreill, character in the "St Clare" book series by Enid Blyton
Lucy Loud, a character from the Nickelodeon cartoon "The Loud House"
Lucy Ewing, character on TV's "Dallas"
Lucy Pennykettle, character in the book "The Fire Within" (2001)
Lucy, name used for one of the earliest humanoid bodies discovered
Lucy Heartfilia, character in the anime Fairy Tail
Lucy Patterson charecter in the novel "The Geogarphy of you and me" by Jennnifer E. Smith
Lucy, a character in Kiera Cass's "The Selection"
Lucy Harmon, character played by Liv Tyler in Bernardo Bertolucci's "Stealing Beauty"
Lucy Marlowe, genderqueer character in Taylor Robin's webcomic "Never Satisfied"
Lucy Preston, character on TV's "Timeless"

Cindie, Cindi, Loulou, Lu, Lucetta, Lucee, Lula, Lusita, Luce, Lou, Cindy

Lucy's International Variations

Lucya, Lucyna (Polish) Lucila, Luz, Lucia, Luciana, Lucilla, Lucinda (Spanish) Lizija (Russian) Luca, Luci, Lucika, Lucka (Slavic) Lucie, Lucette, Lucinde, Lucienne, Lucida (French) Luciella (Italian) Lleulu (Welsh) Luzie, Luzi (German) Luzia (Portuguese) Luiseach (Irish Gaelic)


acf876 Says:


I love the name Lucy and am considering the name Lucy Charlotte if my current baby is a girl (12w pregnant). I just think it's adorable. It definitely has that cutesy babyish aspect like Emma does but I don't like the name Emma. I just think this is such a good name. It also plays off of my and my first daughters middle name Claire.

cheesy-biscuit Says:


I wish this name wasn't so popular!

letmein Says:


I used to like this name but, not anymore.

Looooovenames Says:


All I hear is the word Loose. Do not like this name, but it is getting very popular.

bordercollie Says:


I do like Lucy, but I've always found it quite insubstantial and cutesy. It's sweet and has a lovely meaning, but there's something flimsy and childish about it that I can't seem to overcome. It probably doesn't help how many double names like Lucy-Mae or Lucy-Rose I've heard, all of which I find very cutesy. I far prefer Lucia, Lucille, and Lucienne, which sound more grown up in my opinion.

kmdharrington Says:


Both of the Lucys that I know actually have curly hair.

Myanover Says:


I like this name a lot , it means light. My sisters name,Lilah means night in hebrew

Sillysarahlily Says:


I played a character in a short film called Lucy, The Lucy I played was like the peanuts character, not very nice and in the way put me off the name

Fluffykitten101 Says:


I can imagine a Lucy as a little girl with long curly light brown hair in pigtails and reading a book by a willow tree on a sunny day! It's such a cute name, don't you think?

paulapuddephatt Says:


I love this name so much - also, Lucia and Lucinda.

Dalmatians101 Says:


I prefer the spelling Lucie.

LV51sfan91 Says:


I like this name a lot but it feels like it won't suit a grown woman well...

hermioneameliastyles Says:


Thanks to the show I Love Lucy, Lucy has skyrocketed as a name. I think this name has a lot of potential for a little girl or an adult. Also with the character Lucy from the Peanuts I've fallen in love with this name. This is number 4 on my favorite names list.

Jazzy7 Says:


I like this name as a middle name. I love it with Anastasia, Anastasia Lucy.

Impwood Says:


I love the name Lucy. It's a beautiful, sweet classic, and I like it as it is, not short for Lucinda or Lucille.

HDFK Says:


Always come back to Lucy. So cute. 💜

kpearl8 Says:


Yes, that's what I found too!

babymagic Says:


I wish there was a more formal version too, and I finally found one I actually like: Lucienne.

miss_liss Says:


I love this name. Lucy seems classic yet modern to me. I also like the similar name of Lucia.

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scblovesnames Says:


Some names we like, others just don't do it for us. However, professional should be taken seriously with their work, not because of their name. I really appreciate the honesty in your comment though.

scblovesnames Says:


I love this name but Lucia would be the formal name, out of all of them it's the one I like the most.

kpearl8 Says:


I love Lucy but wish there was a more formal version that I liked. Lucia, Lucinda, and Lucretia just don't do it for me. Any other suggestions?

ThistleThorn Says:


I LOVE the nickname Lulu.

Fifi willy Says:


Lucy is my best friends name I love it.😊

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


This name is sooo popular in Australia, i'm sick of it.

lankfordbm Says:


I absolutely love this name and I hate that you don't see it used very often!

bearcub27 Says:


I love Lucy! It has quickly risen up to the top name for a future girl on my list. It's a name that is so very classic and seems very classy to me. Plus, it sounds great with one-syllable middle names all the way up to four-syllable middles. A must for a future daughter :D

Catastroffy Says:


Yes! Lucy Pevensie is the perfect namesake.

Caroline Says:


I love this name!! Queen Lucy the Valiant of Narnia!! Beautiful!!

That Creepy Stalker Named Tess Says:


this is my dog's name :)

Lucy-Mae Says:


My name is Lucy-Mae and honestly, I used to wish it was just Lucy, but now I love it. It's true, Lucy sounds childish, which is why I'm so glad I'm called Lucy-Mae. Adding the Mae makes it seem more mature, I gues :)

vintageluvs Says:


I used to love this name, but now I love the longer forms like Lucinda, Lucienne, etc. I also think Lucy is a beautiful nickname for Lucretia.

janeseemore Says:


This is one of those names I feel like I SHOULD love, but just don't. It just feels perpetually childish, much like Molly I guess. I have no idea why I can't seem to see it as a "grown up" name, since I've known many adult, professional Lucy's. I'll admit I've always had a tough time taking them seriously. Plus, all I seem to hear is LOOSE-ee :(

EryGasai Says:


This is my all-time favourite girl name. I wish I was named Lucy!

LucyNaomi Says:


My name is Lucy and I am liking it more and more. Only problem is that people generally call you by your name when you're in trouble/when they're angry at you, so it does carry a rather negative connotation in that sense. Then again, that's true for any name.

faithnamer Says:


I like this name! I also love the meaning!

Lucy Henderson Says:


I am called Lucy but disliked the name. Due to this I now like it more!!!

Aurra Says:


I changed my name to this. I absolutely love it! Classic, timeless and beautiful, it will be perfect on any little girl.