Lucia: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Lucia
Origin of the name Lucia:
Feminine form of Lucius, which is derived from the Latin lux (light). The name was borne by St. Lucia of Syracuse, a 4th-century martyr whose popularity during the Middle Ages led to widespread use of the name.
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I am so sorry that everyone seems to have a huge problem with this name! seems more like a problem "over seas" than in "ye good old" Europe. Here everyone just says Luu-see-a in Scandinavia UNLESS someone insist on otherwise (we even have it in our calender) and in south like in Italy where the name derives form they say Lu-chee-a. So I guess it is most correct with Lu-chee-a?! but the reason we changed it up here in Scandinavia is our pronunciation of letters and words so not so strange but this is not so in US so why all this problems?! and why even "hide" it behinde nicknames like Lucy??? how mean when the name is so beautiful! also it is the other peoples problem not yours. I also think that you as parents should tell those stupid teachers that you named YOUR CHILD LU-CHEE-A or LU-CHA or other and defend your children...even if people say its not that bad to say wrong or different it is a part of that childs personality and it will stick with them and they do take quite a lot of offense. Its just like someone would bully them on purpose?!?!?!?!
I named my daughter Lucia 24 years ago after the singer Lucia Mendez. We are hispanic and pronounce it Lu-see-a.Umfortunately she gets many people including her teachers at school of other ethnics who refuse to pronounce it as we do.She had one teacher whose first name was also Lucia who pronounced it Lu-chee-a and thats how she would address her and even after correcting her all year round she refused to call her Lu-see-a. Everyone has their preference and I think it is only right that individual preferences should be respected. My daughter does NOT like to be called Lucy. She prefers Luz or Lou. She cotinues to correct people but states that it does get tiresome when people correct her on her own name. All I ask is that people respect other peoples preferences!!
Lucia is our current top pick for our soon to be born daughter. We like the Loo-Sha pronounciation best, but we wonder if most people are accustomed to the Lu-Chee-Ah pronounciation. Would this be a pain the neck for us and her to have to have to often correct?
We would call her Lucy as a nick-name and she'll have an older sis, Ella. Would love your thoughts.
Response from iV: Lucia has three perfectly valid pronunciations: loo-CHEE-ah (Italian), LOO-sha (English), and loo-SEE-a (English). Personally, I use the loo-SEE-a pronunciation unless I am corrected. It's perfectly fine for you to choose the pronunciation of the name that best reflects your own naming style... and possibly your heritage, since the name is used in German, English, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish and Romanian. I do love the name that you've chosen! It's very stylish and has a rich history.
(from Andrea) Our daughter's name is also Lucia, pronounced loo-SEE-a in the Portuguese tradition (my mother is Portuguese first generation immigrant). I love her name and am so happy to hear about others who love it too. It is funny to read these posts because I had never considered the loo-SHA pronunciation until people started calling Lucia that sometimes! Interesting what people read, and I always told myself I'd never name my child something easy to mispronounce, since my name, Andrea can be pronounced so many ways (I pronounce AND(like the word and) ree-uh). Oh well, guess you can't have it all!
(from MelKel) Our 19-month-old daughter is named Lucia Beatrice. It is pronounced like the saint and the island (LOO-sha). We call her Lou, Lulu, Lulu Bee and Lucia B as nicknames. It is really cute when she says her own name. (She usually adds the Bee to it.)When someone doesn't know us, the first time they say her name, it is usually the spanish/portuguese pronunciation of Loo-SEE-a. It doesn't bother me to simply say that we pronounce it differently. It's nice that there aren't a lot of Lucias out there. :)
We named our daughter Lucia Miranda almost 24 years ago. We pronounce it LOO-sha. I'm not sure where we got the name - her great-grandmother who died before she was born was named Lucille, but that is not that similar. It is usually mispronounced around here (Seattle, WA, USA) because the Scandinavian St. Lucia is pronounced Loo-see-a. However once corrected, people usually remember. Not like my name, Theano, which almost no one can pronounce and takes a long time to learn. If people meet her phonetically as Loosha, they tend to misspell the name that way. It has not been a big problem. I think she likes her name. Nicknames are Loosh and Lu, but she doesn't like to be called either one. I was interested to see the name gaining in popularity. Her younger sister's name is Flora. That one still hasn't been popular since the 1880s.
I love the name Lucia - pronouced Lu-CHEE-a. It's terrible that people don't seem to understand that names have different pronounciation and you need to respect that.
I don't know about you guys but in Spain the name is pronounces LOO-THEE-a
it's a "th" sound as in "thumb", and it's a pretty common name. I personally think it's the best sounding pronounciation.
- Personal experiences with the name Lucia: | Edit
We named our daughter Lucia, thinking that it is a lovely and still less-common name, but we had no idea how often it would be mispronounced or met with total confusion! We use the LOO-sha pronunciation, and most often people call her loo-SEE-a. It doesn't bother me to have to correct people, but you'd be amazed how many people think Lucia is a boy's name (really...maybe based on the new popularity of Luca?) or just have no idea what I'm saying when I tell them her name. I find myself having to explain that the last syllable is pronounced SHA, even though it's spelled CIA, like Marcia.
From Cate: my 14 month old daughter is named Lucia (pronounce LOO-SHA)-- it's an amazing name! I love it. It's pretty, sexy, wild, and good-girl all at the same time. I live in a community that is largely Italian (which I am not) so it's often pronounce LOO-CHE-A here. I don't mind. People who know her know how to pronounce her name. If a teacher ever refuses to pronounce her the name as she does (and I do), he or she will have to deal with me. I have a name that is fairly common but has an unusual spelling (Cate instead of Kate) and I like it. I've always liked having an unusual name. Lucia's full name is Lucia Drew. I call her Lou and Lulu, and Lala. I have yet to meet someone else with this name (pronounced as I pronounce it-- a woman named LU-CHEE-A hit my car recently). It's a fabulous name. So simple, yet it has swing, and it's got such a wonderful meaning behind it: LIGHT.
- Lucia is my mother's name :) we are italian and here we don't have any problem to pronunce it right! Lucia was the martyr of our city, Siracusa. Her person is very important for religious people! It's a beautiful name!
My name is Lucia (I like to pronounce it LU-SEE-A) I have only met two teachers in my lifetime that pronounce it correctly on the first try. It gets really tiring correcting people who call me LU-SHA or LU-CHEE-A, I also feel like my name is too formal and fancy, so I like to shorten it to Lucy, Lucy is much more spunky and fun.
- Nicknames for Lucia: | Edit
Lucy, Lulu, Luce, Lux.
- Meanings and history of the name Lucia: | Edit
Latin from Lux meaning "light" or "the light one" as in "the bringer of light". It also comes from a Sicilian saint whom as a child promised her life and chastity to god and didn't even tell her mother. So when she was to get married to a man that her mother found for her whom was a non-christian she refused and told her mother to go and give away the wedding money to the poor and the man got angry. He told the town that she was a christian and so they put her in jail and tortured her.
They decided to punish her with putting her in a brothel but the ox-carage that was going take her there didn't move so they got angry and pored hot oil on her but it didn't burn her at all. Then they stuck out her eyes out, and so she is special saint for the blind, and then they stuck a sword in her throat but she just kept on praying until a priest gave her the last rights and then she died as a martyr.
Its said that she wanted to go around in the jail and give out food to the others there and wanted to bring so much with her in her hands so she could not hold a candle to see and so she put them in her hair like a crown and thats why some people today celebrate her in this way for example in Scandinavia but in Italy they celebrate her in a totaly different way. There is some kind of Scandinavian medieval ritual that has been mixed with the christian Lucia with a figure that brings light in the mist of the dark winter but there is no good backround on this. Today in ex Sweden we have Lucia "trains" of people, everyone is dressed in "white gowns" and the front girl wears a crown of candles on her head and a red ribbon around her waist and everyone sings Lucia and Christmas songs both religous and regular christmas songs for people, like in a concert. The girls that goes behind her wear tinsle glitter in thier hear and holds a candle in thier hand, boys wear a pappercone with stars on it and at the end of the "train" sometimes we have old fashion Scandinavian santas (regular boys or girls with red/grey cloths and hats and maybe with fake beard- not big fat santa like ala cocacola adverts).
- Famous real-life people named Lucia: | Edit
Lucia Mendez, actress and singer
Lucia Sofia (b. 2006), daughter of American actress Sasha Alexander and Edoardo Ponti
Lucia Rose (b. 2009), daughter of Amber and Rob Mariano
- Lucia in song, story & screen: | Edit
"Lucia, Lucia" a novel by Adriana Trigiani
Title character in the movie "Sex and Lucia"
"Lucia de Lamermoor", opera
Mapp and Lucia books by E.F. Benson
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