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Lucius (Luzius) was a Roman given name ( praenomen ), which was rarely used as a family name ( nomen gentile ) and surname ( cognomen ). It was usually only given with the abbreviation L.

The name is probably derived from the Latin lux "light" and originally referred to someone born in daylight or daybreak. Lucius could therefore also be associated with lucens , the present participle active from (lat.) Lucēre “to shine” and would therefore mean: shining, shining, shimmering. This is why the adjective lucius is not infrequently used in the binomial nomenclature of biological species names , for example in Esox lucius , the iridescent pike, the European pike. The pike was already called Lucius by the Romans . A derivation of the name Lucius from the Etruscan lucumo "king" cannot be completely ruled out. The connection between the name and Lucina , the Roman goddess of childbirth and obstetrics ( Lucina "little light" refers to her attribute as a moon goddess) is rather absurd . LUCIUS is the blank for the name of the judge in the Roman form process .

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Name bearer

Roman empire

The following list only contains the better-known namesake, but not people who z. B. only appeared because they were consul for one year (see list of Roman consuls ). In order to find all known namesake, a full text search is recommended.


First name

  • Lucius D. Clay (1898–1978), General in the US Army and military governor of the US zone of occupation in Germany
  • Lucius of Cyrene , one of the Seventy disciples (mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles as one of the "prophets and teachers" in Antioch; Acts 13: 1)
  • Lucius Shepard (1943-2014), American writer
  • Lucius M. Walker (1829–1863), American general of the Civil War (Confederation)
  • Luzius Wasescha (1946–2016), Swiss trade diplomat
  • Luzius Wildhaber (* 1937), Swiss lawyer, President of the European Court of Human Rights (1998–2007)

family name

Noble families


Fictitious namesake