Luck Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History

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Origins of Luck:
This unusual surname acquires from the given name “Lucas”, a Latin form of the Greek “Loucas” meaning man from Lucania.  Lucania was a region of Southern Italy that was perhaps originally named in an Italic dialect with a word meaning bright, shining.  The Latin form of the name, Lucas, was a great favorite as a particular name in the Middle Ages, due in part to the reputation of St. Luke the Evangelist. St. Luke was a doctor and a painter, and there is an old suggestion that the name means “a patient person”.  Lucas is held to be the learned form of Luke and is found in France in the same spelling, from where it may be locational from Luick in Flanders, for example, Lucas de Luke shows in the Pipe Rolls of London (1274). London Church Recordings list the marriage of Christopher Lucas to Margaret Medcalfe, in January 1571 at St. Botolph’s, Bishopsgate.

Variations:
More common variations are: Lucke, Luick, Lucky, Lauck, Louck, Lueck, Lucka, Lucki, Luckh.

England:
The surname Luck first appeared in Berwickshire where they held a family seat from old times and their first records appeared on the early poll rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to manage the rate of taxation of their subjects.

The very first recording spelling of the family was shown to be that of Euerard Lucas, dated 1153, in the “Records of the Templars in England in the 12th century”. It was during the reign of King Stephen, who was known as Count of Blois”, dated 1135-1154.  Surname all over the country became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation.  It came to be known as Poll Tax in England.

United States of America:
Some of the people with the name Luck who arrived in the United States in the 17th century included Robert Luck, who settled in Virginia in 1634.  William Luck settled in Virginia in 1634.  Robert Luck, aged 25, landed in Virginia in 1635.  William Luck, who landed in Virginia in 1658.  Thomas Luck, who landed in Virginia in 1664.

People with the surname Luck who landed in the United States in the 18th century included Seutik Luck at the age of 37, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733.  Christoph Luck, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751.  Georg Luck, who landed in Pennsylvania in the year 1770.  Jacob Luck, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1770.  Johan Philip Luck, who arrived in Pennsylvania in the year 1773.

The following century saw more Luck surnames arrive.  Some of the people with the surname Luck who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included Joseph, Luck Jr., who landed in America in 1830.  Joachim Luck, who landed in America in 1839.  Christian Philipp Luck, who landed in Texas in 1844.  Bernard Luck, aged 20, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1845.  Antone Luck, aged 24, landed in New Orleans, La in 1845.

Canada:
Some of the people with the surname Luck who arrived in the Canada in the 20th century included Adam Luck, aged 4, arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902.  Adolf Luck, aged 4, landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902.  Adolf Luck, aged 15, arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902.  August Luck, aged 6, arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902.  August Luck, aged 17, landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902

Australia:
Some of the individuals with the surname Luck who landed in Australia in the 19th century included Thomas Luck, aged 31, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship “Fatima.”

New-Zealand:
Some of the population with the surname Luck who came in New Zealand in the 19th century included Thomas Luck arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship “Empress” in 1865.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (Rotherfield, co. Sussex; confirmed by Segar, Garter). Erm. five mascles in fesse betw. three greyhounds’ heads erased sa. Crest—A pelican wings elevated endorsed sa. betw. the circumference of two branches vert.
2) Az. three mural crowns or. Crest—A hawk hooded and belled, perched on the stump of a tree all ppr.

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