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Origins Available: English
The Lucas family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from the baptismal name Luke.
This surname followed the religious naming tradition, where surnames were bestowed in honor of religious figures or church officials. In Europe, the Christian Church was one of the most powerful influences on the formation of given names. Personal names derived from the names of saints, apostles, biblical figures, and missionaries are widespread in most European countries. In the Middle Ages, they became increasingly popular because people believed that the souls of the deceased continued to be involved in this world. They named their children after saints in the hope that the child would be blessed or protected by the saint. In this case the surname Lucas was taken from St. Luke the Evangelist.
The surname Lucas was first found in Hertfordshire
where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Lucas include Lucas, Lucass, Lukas and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lucas research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1598, 1649, 1613, 1648, 1606, 1671, 1631, 1688, 1649, 1705, 1702, 1705, 1648, 1649, 1715, 1610, 1663, 1639, 1640 and are included under the topic Early Lucas History in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Notables of this surname at this time include Sir Thomas Lucas (1598-1649), a Royalist army officer; Sir Charles Lucas (1613-1648), an English soldier, a Royalist commander in the English Civil War; John Lucas, 1st Baron
Lucas of Shenfield (1606-1671), an English industrialist and landowner; Charles Lucas, 2nd Baron
Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lucas Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
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Some of the Lucas family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland
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Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Lucas were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Lucas Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Lucas Lucas, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1627
- Samll Lucas, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
- Roger Lucas, who landed in Virginia in 1636
- Rich Lucas, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
- Jone Lucas, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
Lucas Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Edmd Lucas, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
- Isaac Lucas, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
- Frantz Lucas, who landed in New Jersey in 1709
- Francis Lucas and his wife and eight children settled in New England in 1709
- Anna Catharina Lucas, aged 4, landed in New York in 1710
Lucas Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Juan Francisco Lucas, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1800
- Jonathan Lucas, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1804
- Betsy Lucas, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
- Archibald Lucas, aged 30, arrived in New York, NY in 1812
- Samuel Lucas, aged 26, arrived in New York, NY in 1812
Lucas Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Jean Lucas, who landed in Montreal in 1714
- Mr. Clement Lucas Jr., U.E. (b. 1738) born in New York, USA from Pennsylvania, USA who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1782
- Mr. Clement Lucas Sr., U.E. who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784
- Mr. Amos Lucas U.E. who settled in Midland District [ Lennox & Addington], Ontario c. 1784
Lucas Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Thomas Lucas, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1823
- Francis Lucas was a planter in Catalina, Newfoundland in 1833
- William Lucas, aged 36, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Highlander" in 1834
- Margaret Lucas, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Highlander" in 1834
- James Lucas, aged 3, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Highlander" in 1834
Lucas Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- George Lucas, Welsh convict from Glamorgan, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
- James Lucas, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
- John Lucas, English convict from Devon, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
- J. Lucas arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "City Of Adelaide" in 1839
- M. Lucas arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1839
Lucas Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Robert Lucas landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- Mr Lucas landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842
- Charles Lucas, aged 22, a shoemaker, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1842
- Elizabeth Lucas, aged 23, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1842
- Lucy Jane Lucas, aged 1, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1842
- Fred W. Lucas, American Republican politician, Member of Kentucky State Senate, 1956-59; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1956
- Frank R. Lucas, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New Jersey 5th District, 1992
- Franklin Earl Lucas (1876-1948), American Republican politician, Secretary of State of Wyoming, 1923-27; Governor of Wyoming, 1924-25
- Frank E. Lucas, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Hillsdale District, 1952; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1956
- Frank D. Lucas (b. 1960), American Republican politician, Member of Oklahoma State House of Representatives, 1988-94; U.S. Representative from Oklahoma, 1994-2003
- Ferris Lucas, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1952
- Mrs. Frank B. Lucas, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1924
- Eugene S. Lucas, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1936
- Ethel V. Lucas, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1960, 1964
- Edward Lee Lucas, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1960, 1972 ; Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Kent County 2nd District, 1960
- Mr. Francis John Lucas, American 2nd Class passenger from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
- Mr. William Lucas, aged 34, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in collapsible A
- Mr. William A. Lucas, aged 25, English Able Seaman from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on collapsible D
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto. Motto:
Respice finemMotto Translation:
Regard the end.
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The Lucas Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lucas Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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