The surname of LOKEY was a baptismal name 'the son of LUCAS' a form of the Greek LOUCAS, meaning 'the man from Lucania, which was a region of South Italy that was perhaps originally named with a word meaning 'bright'. The name owed its popularity in the Middle Ages to St. Luke the Evangelist. (1st century AD) the New Testament evangelist, and companion of St. Paul on his journeys. Mentioned in Colossians IV as 'the beloved physician' his name is suggestive of Italian origin. Church tradition made him a native of Antioch in Syria, a painter by profession, and a martyr. He is first named as author of the third gospel in the 2nd century; and tradition has since ascribed to him both that work and the Acts of the Apostles. He is the patron saint of doctors and artists. His feast day is the 18th October. The name has many variant spellings which include LUCAS, LOOKER, LOOKE, LUCKS, LUKESCH, LUKAS, LUCAS, KAS, LUKACS, It was also an occupational name 'the looker' one who kept watch on the sheep, a herdsman. Occupational surnames originally denoted the actual occupation followed by the individual. At what period they became hereditary is a difficult problem. Many of the occupation names were descriptive and could be varied. In the Middle Ages, at least among the Christian population, people did not usually pursue specialized occupations exclusively to the extent that we do today, and they would, in fact, turn their hand to any form of work that needed to be done, particularly in a large house or mansion, or on farms and smallholdings. In early documents, surnames often refer to the actual holder of an office, whether the church or state. The name was particularly used in the marshy districts of a man who superintends the cattle and drives them to a high ground in case of sudden floods. Early records of the name mention Lucas de Luk, recorded in 1273 in London. Katerina Luke was documented in County Norfolk in 1300. Edward Looker of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. William Looker of Hampshire, registered at Oxford University in 1582. Thomas Looke and Sarah Nocks were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1795.
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