Popularity:2912
Origin:German
Meaning:soldier of the people; free
Boasting incredible precedence, Luther is a strong masculine name with a long history of revolutionary thinkers. Primarily German in origin, Luther means "soldier of the people," from the elements liudiz, "people," and harjaz, "army leader" or "warrior." No surprise that such a name should make its mark on history, not once but twice, first rising to prominence upon Martin Luther's sparking of the Protestant Reformation. Of course, modern minds may associate the name more vividly with civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., whose acclaimed speech called for equality for all. And while both figures certainly ring true to Luther's German origins, the name's ties to the Greek eleutheros, "free," is just as compelling. Whether embodying freedom or standing as a courageous force for change, young Luther will have no shortage of inspiration to stay true to their beliefs.

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