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Lucia has been quietly climbing its way up the list of the top baby girl names in the United States for a few decades now, and it's currently more popular than it's ever been. Several celebrities have chosen the moniker for their own daughters, a trend that is largely thought to be inspired by a Christian saint who died in the 4th century. Whatever the reason you choose it for your daughter, it literally means “light,” which is the perfect symbolic start to a new life.

Meaning of the name Lucia:

Roman: Light

Origin of the name Lucia:

Lucia is the female version of the Roman name Lucius, which meant “light.” It was one of the most popular male names in Rome but gained popularity as a female name during the Middle Ages, thanks to a beloved saint.

Symbolism of the name Lucia:

The male version of Lucia — Lucius — means “light.” For this reason, baby boys born at dawn in Rome were often given the name.

Baby name Lucia

Style of the name Lucia:

Traditional

Gender of the name Lucia:

Lucia is a girl's name.

Pronunciation of the name Lucia:

LUWSHah

Number of syllables in the name Lucia:

Two

Emotion evoked from the name Lucia:

Because of its association with daybreak, Lucia evokes the image of brightness and new beginnings.

Alternative spellings for the name Lucia:

  • Lusia
  • Lucya
  • Lusya

Nicknames for the name Lucia:

  • Lucy 
  • Chia
  • Chila
  • Lu
  • Luce

Popularity of the name Lucia:

Lucia has been one of the top 1,000 names for baby girls in the United States for well over a century, but it's more popular than ever right now. According to the Social Security Administration, it ranked at number 163 in 2020.

Related names for the name Lucia:

Great middle names for Lucia and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Lucia:

  • Lucia Maria Raniera (Princess of Bourbon)
  • Lucia Chase (ballerina)
  • Lucia Vestris (actress and opera singer)
  • Lucia Galvani (scientist)
  • Lucia Cifarelli (singer)

Lucias in popular culture:

  • Lucia (character in “The Hunger Games” movies)
  • Lucia von Bardas (Marvel Comics character)
  • Lucia Honeychurch (character in the novel “A Room With A View”)
  • Lucia Damora (character in the “Falling Kingdoms” book series)
  • LucyMuir (character in the movie “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir”0