The surname of LUGER had two possible origins. One is the dweller at the lugg, a measure of land, or one who came from lugg, the dweller near a stream. The name was also a baptismal name meaning 'the son of Lucas'. The name was originally from the Latin given name 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. Since the dawn of civilisation the need to communicate has been a prime drive of all higher mankind. The more organised the social structure became, the more urgent the need to name places, objects and situations essential to the survival and existence of the social unit. From this common stem arose the requirements to identify families, tribes and individual members evolving into a pattern in evidence today. In the formation of this history, common usage of customs, trades, locations, patronymic and generic terms were often adopted as surnames. The demands of bureaucracy formally introduced by feudal lords in the 11th century, to define the boundaries and families within their fiefdoms, crystallized the need for personal identification and accountability, and surnames became in general use from this time onwards. The name is also spelt LUGO, LUGAR, LUGG, LUGGE, LUGGER and LUGGAR. Early records mention Thomas Lugge, 1273, Yorkshire and Edwin Lugge appeared in County Cambridge in 1303. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. Almost every city, town or village existing in the Middle Ages has served to name one or more families. Where a man lived was his means of identification. When a man left his birthplace or village where he had been known, and went elsewhere, people would likely refer to him by the name of his former residence or birthplace, or by the name of the land which he owned.
Other instances of the name mention Thomas Lugge and Joseph Lugge who were documented in Kent in the year 1379. Toby Lug registered at Oxford University in the year 1638.
The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes
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