Luca is a name for boys and girls. The boy’s name is an Italian form of the name Lucas, which is of Greek and Latin origin. The girl’s name Luca is a Hungarian and Croatian form of Lucia, which is of Latin origin.
What does the name Luca mean?
The masculine name Luca means “from Lucania” (a region in southern Italy) and “light”, “bringer of light” or “bright one” (from ancient Greek “leukós/λευκός” = bright/light/white). The feminine name Luca has the meaning “light” (from Latin “lux”) and “shining” (from Latin “lucere” = to shine).
Varieties of the name Luca
If you like names that are suitable for boys and girls, the name Luca could be your perfect choice. Other versions of the name are Luka or Louca. Even though it is a unisex name, Luca is mostly chosen for boys. Cute nicknames for Luca can be Lu, Luce or Lucey. If you want to chose a middle name for Luca: Luca Damian, Luca Steven, Luca Marvin, Luca Benjamin are ways to do so. For a girl, the middle name for Luca could be: Luca Angelina, Luca Jane, Luca Erin, Luca Iris or Luca Nina.
Luca in movies and pop culture
The name Luka became more popular through the song “My name is Luka” by Suzanne Vega. The song was released in 1987. The song was used by Vega to raise awareness on children’s rights and added significant popularity to her music.
Another famous example of the name Luca is the Disney and Pixar production of the movie “Luca”, which was released in 2021 and directed by Enrico Casarosa. The animated movie is a coming-of-age story about an Italian boy named Luca, who is a sea monster underneath the water surface, but a human boy at land. He wants to quit his life in the water as a sea monster and experience adventures with his friends at the shore of the beautiful Italian Riviera.
A movie classic with a character named Luca is “The Godfather”, released in 1972 and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. The character Luca Brasi is portrayed by Lenny Montana. Luca Brasi is a ruthless gangster and the personal enforcer of the character Don Vito Corleone.
Famous people named Luca
Luca Patuelli is a Canadian breakdancer, who was born in 1984 with a muscle disorder that affects his legs. He performed at the Winter Paralympics opening ceremony in Vancouver 2010. He is a role model for dancers with disabilities and was awarded for his work to make dancing more accessible for people with physical challenges.
A famous British actor with the name Luca is Luca Guiseppe Pasqualino, who was born in 1990 and started his career with the British teen drama series “Skins”. As his fame rose, he starred in popular productions, such as BBCs “The Musketeers”, an adaptation of Alexandre Dumas novel. Most recently, he can be seen in the 2021 Netflix production “Shadow and Bone”.
A newcomer actress is the Australian Luca Asta Sardelis, who was born in 2001 in Adelaide. In 2016, she starred in the sports drama “Barracuda”. Her latest project is a mini series called “The Hunting” (2019), where she portrays a high school student named Zoe.