Lucas History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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.

Early Origins of the Lucas family

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.

Important Dates for the Lucas family

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Lucas Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Lucas family (pre 1700)

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 Lucas...
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Migration of the Lucas family to Ireland

Some of the Lucas family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Lucas migration to the United States

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 [1]
  • Samll Lucas, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Roger Lucas, who landed in Virginia in 1636 [1]
  • Rich Lucas, who arrived in Virginia in 1637 [1]
  • Jone Lucas, who arrived in Virginia in 1637 [1]
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Lucas Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edmd Lucas, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [1]
  • Isaac Lucas, who arrived in Virginia in 1704 [1]
  • Frantz Lucas, who landed in New Jersey in 1709 [1]
  • Francis Lucas and his wife and eight children settled in New England in 1709
  • Anna Catharina Lucas, aged 4, who landed in New York in 1710 [1]
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Lucas Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Juan Francisco Lucas, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1800 [1]
  • Jonathan Lucas, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1804 [1]
  • Betsy Lucas, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • Archibald Lucas, aged 30, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [1]
  • Samuel Lucas, aged 26, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [1]
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Lucas migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 [2]
  • Mr. Clement Lucas Sr., U.E. who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. Amos Lucas U.E. who settled in Midland District [ Lennox & Addington], Ontario c. 1784 [2]
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 [3]
  • William Lucas, aged 36, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Highlander" in 1834
  • Margaret Lucas, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Highlander" in 1834
  • James Lucas, aged 3, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Highlander" in 1834
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Lucas migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

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 [4]
  • James Lucas, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • John Lucas, English convict from Devon, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • Mr. William Lucas, (b. 1810), aged 26, Cornish settler convicted in Bodmin, Cornwall, UK on 18th October 1836, sentenced for 7 years for assault and robbery, transported aboard the ship "Mangles" on 18th March 1837 to New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. William Lucas, (b. 1815), aged 23, Cornish quarryman travelling aboard the ship "Fairlie" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 1st December 1838 [7]
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Lucas migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Lucas Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Robert Lucas, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Mr Lucas, who landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842
  • Charles Lucas, aged 22, a shoemaker, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Lucas, aged 23, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1842
  • Lucy Jane Lucas, aged 1, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1842
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Contemporary Notables of the name Lucas (post 1700)

  • Carrie Ann Lucas (1971-2019), American lawyer, disability rights advocate, and activist, founder of Disabled Parents Rights
  • Reginald Grant "Reggie" Lucas (1953-2018), American Grammy Award winning musician, songwriter and record producer, known for producing most of Madonna's 1983 self-titled debut album and for playing with the Miles Davis electric band
  • Malcolm Millar Lucas (1927-2016), American jurist, 26th Chief Justice of California
  • Major-General John Porter Lucas (1890-1949), American Chief of the Army Advisory Group to China (1946-1948) [8]
  • Private First Class Jacklyn Harold Lucas (1928-2008), United States Marine awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during the Iwo Jima campaign
  • George W. Lucas (1845-1921), American soldier, Medal of Honor recipient
  • George Lucas (b. 1944), American film maker, best known for his Star Wars series, recipient of Life Achievement Award in 2005 from the American Film Institute
  • Anthony Lucas (b. 1880), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Houghton County 1st District; Elected 1910 [9]
  • Andrew Lucas, American politician, Mayor of Manalapan Township, New Jersey, 2007 [9]
  • Allen T. Lucas, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1928 [9]
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Historic Events for the Lucas family

Air New Zealand Flight 901
  • Mr. Graham Neville Lucas (d. 1979), New Zealander First Officer, from Auckland, New Zealand working aboard the Air New Zealand sightseeing Flight 901 when it flew into Mount Erebus; he died in the crash [10]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Francis John Lucas, American 2nd Class passenger from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [11]
RMS Titanic
  • 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 [12]
  • 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 [12]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1826
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  7. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf
  8. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, April 2) John Lucas. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Lucas/John_Porter/USA.html
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ Mount Erebus, Memorial, Roll of Remembrance (Retrieved 2018, February 21st). Retrieved from http://www.erebus.co.nz/memorialandawards/rollofremembrance.aspx
  11. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  12. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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