Last name origins & meanings:
- English (Gloucestershire and South Wales): most probably from
the Norman personal name Luce (a vernacular form of Latin
Lucia or Lucius). This is generally a female name,
although male bearers are found in France. It was borne by a young
Sicilian maiden and an aged Roman widow, both of whom were martyred
under Diocletian and are venerated as saints.
- English (Gloucestershire and South Wales): Alternatively, the
surname may be a variant of Lewis.
- English (Gloucestershire and South Wales): American bearers of this surname are descended from Henry Luce
(1640–c.1688), who came to Scituate, MA, from south Wales in
or before 1666, and moved to Martha’s Vineyard, MA, in about 1670. He
had many prominent descendants.
This name appears in the following lists:
Names from Shakespeare
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