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Lucy

Lucy (f) This name is the English form of Lucia,
feminine of the Latin name Lucius, ‘light.’ A more accurate translation might be ‘dawn,’ for Lucia and Lucius were used to name children born at day-break. Saint Lucy was a popular saint in the Middle Ages and her name was well used throughout Britain. It faded away in the nine- teenth century, perhaps because the Lucys mentioned in literature around that time were not particularly fortunate. Sir Walter Scott made Lucy Ashton the Bride of Lammermoor in his novel of that name. She tries to murder the man she has been forced to marry and dies insane. Lucy has recently come back into fashion in England, and there are signs that Scottish parents are also using it once more. They also use the French form Lucie, and diminutives such as Lucilla, Lucille, Lucinda, Lucetta, Lucette, Lucienne. Lucyna was also used in Scotland in 1958. The Gaelic form of the name is Liusaidh.

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