Where did the English Lucas family come from? What is the English coat of arms/family crest? When did the Lucas family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
The name Lucas has a rich and ancient history. It is an Anglo-Saxon name that was originally derived 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.
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Lucas family name include Lucas, Lucass, Lukas and others.
First found in Hertfordshire where they were seated 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.
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Lucas surname or a spelling variation of the name include : Captain Lucas who settled in Boston Mass. with his wife in 1765; Clothyer Lucas settled in Virginia in 1652; Francis Lucas and his wife and eight children settled in New England in 1709.
Motto Translated: Regard the end.
Some noteworthy people of the name Lucas
* Colin Lucas, Architect
* Cyril Lucas, British Marine Scientist
* General Geoffrey Lucas,