The original Greek for the Latin Lucas, Loukas is a masculine name with strong ties to an ancient land. Translated as simply "from Lucania," Loukas pays homage to the 5th-century Lucanian tribe who once dominated the now modern region of Basilicata. Embroiled in a complicated alliance with Rome, the Lucanians were eventually defeated by that power. Even still, the remnants of their culture suggest it was one of great distinction and vitality. This goes a long way toward explaining Lucania's roots in the ancient Osco-Sabellic word luc, "light," and its suggested meaning, "land of light."
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