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Gender: Male Meaning of Luther: "army people" Origin of Luther: German

The name Luther is a boy's name of German origin meaning "army people". Luther and is often added to lists like Unique Boy Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Boys Drop 2 Add 1 pick a favor that can't be dropped".

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Once restricted to evangelical Protestants honoring the ecclesiastical reformer and theologian Martin Luther, leader of the Protestant revolution. In more recent times it has been favored by parents wishing to honor civil rights hero Martin Luther King Jr. Luther was a Top 100 name at the turn of the last century, but fell off the list in the early 1990s.
Luther Burbank was an eminent botanist and Luther Vandross was a popular R&B artist. It's the name of a main character on the Disney series Zeke and Luther. The name was given a shot of contemporary energy via Idris Elba's dynamic performance in the eponymous BBC crime drama.

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Famous People Named Luther

Luther Ronzoni Vandross, Jr., American R&B singer
Luther (born Lutha) Adler, American actor
Luther Allison, American blues guitarist
Luther Badger, American lawyer and politician
Luther Loide Blissett, English footballer
Luther Burbank, American botanist
Luther Roderick Campbell, American record executive
Luther Andrews Dickinson, American rock guitarist
Luther Chase Goldman, American naturalist and wildlife photographer
Luther James Grosvenor, English rock musician
Luther Dale Head, American basketball player
Luther Martin Magby, American gospel singer
Luther Martin, American politician
Luther Robinson, American football player
Luther A Wright Jr., American baseball player
Martin Luther, German Protestant reformer
Martin Luther King, Jr., American civil rights leader

Pop Culture References for the name Luther

Luthisour Jerome "Luther" Waffles, main character on Disney's "Zeke & Luther"
Luther, recurring character on TV's "Key and Peele" (Obama's anger translator.)
Luther Krank, character in movie "Christmas with the Kranks"
Luther Pinks, character in movie "Slow Burn"
Luther Wainwright, character on TV's "The Mentalist"
Luther, character on TV's "Supernatural"
John Luther, main character on British TV's "Luther"
Luther College, school in Iowa, USA
Luther Hargreeves, a character from the comic The Umbrella Academy

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Yara Says:


BBC's "Luther" has made this name cool for me.

indiefendi2 Says:


Martin Luther King's name honors Martin Luther too so.... I guess use your own judgment?

vintageluvs Says:


I like this name and thought it was a nice way to honor my Protestant heritage (or rather the crusade of Protestantism for my ancestors) as well as my Protestant faith, but then the Nameberry comment sort of freaked me out. Will people think of Luther more as a way of honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., rather than honring Martin Luther? Would it be easier to go with the more subtle Martin?