France around 40,000 ‘Lucas’, mainly to be found in Brittany
Spain around 30,000, with the largest numbers in Murcia in SE Spain
Germany (as Lukas), around 10,000.
Europe In addition, the Lucas surname also occurs in Luxemburg.
England around 30,000, with a historical concentration in the southeast (most numerous in Lancashire today)
Suffolk. Lucas held land at Westley near Bury St. Edmunds in 1180 and his descendants were aldermen and bailiffs at various times there during the 13th and 14th centuries. It was Thomas Lucas of Saxham Hall who under the patronage of the Duke of Bedford rose to be Solicitor General to Henry VII in 1504, he received the family Coat of Arms
Essex. Later Lucas’s from this family established themselves at Colchester in Essex. Three Lucas brothers – Sir John, Sir Charles, and Sir Thomas – fought on the Royalist side during the Civil War. Charles was executed at Colchester Castle after a lengthy siege. John Lucas became the Baron Lucas of Shenfield.
Their youngest sister Margaret ‘Mad Madge’ Cavendish was an author and feminist, later she became Duchess of Newcastle and is buried in Westminster Abbey.
Hitchin Hertfordshire the family can be traced back to the 16th century as maltsters and millers and later as brewers.
They were early members of the Society of Friends (Quakers). Phebe Lucas, born in 1816, wrote an account of her early life, entitled Phebe’s Hitchin Book. Her elder brother Samuel was an enthusiastic painter. A line of this family was to be found in the London outskirts, Stapleton Hall in Hornsey and Upper Tooting. The distinguished Victorian geologist Joseph Lucas came from this branch of the family.
Sussex Another line was to be found in Sussex - with Edward Lucas, a ship owner in Southwick, and E.V. Lucas the writer.
There was also a Lucas Quaker family in Wandsworth, London. Samuel Lucas was a Quaker corn merchant there in the early 19th century. His sons Samuel and Frederick were abolitionist campaigners. Frederick converted to Catholicism.
Ireland. Two Lucas lines in Ireland were from Suffolk, England . Thomas (from Colchester) was established in Ireland by Charles I during the Civil wars. Later Benjamin Lucas arrived with Cromwell and was granted lands in Kings county (now Offaly). He built his Mount Lucas mansion there in 1669. There was a line of this family at Loughburke in county Clare which included the anti-Catholic politician and pamphleteer Charles Lucas. Mount Lucas stayed with the Lucas family until 1922. In 1683 Francis Lucas took possession of Castle Shane in county Monaghan. Subsequent Lmembers of this family moved to county Cavan and then emigrated to Canada in 1822 .
America. The first Lucas in America was probably Captain Thomas Lucas who arrived from Surrey in 1641 and was one of the earliest settlers in Rappahannock county. He was a man of some wealth as he left diamond rings and pearl necklaces in his will of 1673. Annabelle Kemp’s 1964 book ‘Lucas genealogy’ covered his and other early Lucas lines in America.
Lucas’s in North Carolina included Charles Lucas of Robertson county, John Lucas of Wayne county, and Lewis Lucas of Sampson county. They probably had the same forebears. Descendants of Charles Lucas (as traced in Rev. Silas Lucas's 1959 book The Dotsons of SW Virginia) later migrated to the southern states. John Lucas was a patriot during the Revolutionary War. Later Lucas of this line were Baptist and Methodist ministers. Eliza (nee Lucas) Pinckney is credited for establishing Indigo as a cash crop in South Carolina. Her son Charles Cotesworth Pinckney was a signatory of the U.S. Constitution. George Washington was a pall bearer at her funeral.
From Wiltshire the Quaker Robert Lucas headed to Bucks county, Pennsylvania in 1679. His descendants moved to Virginia. A later Robert Lucas, who headed west to Ohio as a young man in the early 1800’s, rose to become Governor of that state and then of what was then Iowa territory. He was known for his quick temper, almost causing a war each time over boundary disputes with neighbouring states.
The name of Lucas ranks high in the early plantation history of South Carolina. John Lucas, a planter in the Caribbean, had bought land at Wappoo Creek near Charleston. His grand-daughter Eliza took over the plantation there in the late 1730’s and oversaw the development of the dye indigo as a cash crop Her son Charles Cotesworth Pinckney was a signer of the U.S. Constitution. George Washington was a pall bearer at her funeral.
Meanwhile Jonathan Lucas, the son of a wealthy English mill-owner in Cumberland, was a later arrival in Charleston in 1783. He was a skilled millwright and over the years developed various rice mill prototypes in the area, culminating in his first steam-powered rice mill in 1817. His descendants still live in Charleston.
There were Lucas’s who arrived in America from several counties in Europe:
Daniel Lucas arrived in Philadelphia from the German Palatine in 1740 on the Lydia. He made his home in Schuykill county, Pennsylvania. Theodore Lucas who came to New York from Luxemburg on the Clifton in 1854 and eventually settled in Illinois.
Australia. Nathaniel Lucas, a London carpenter, was transported to Australia on the First Fleet in 1788. He died of drink in 1818. In 1988 four hundred descendants of Nathaniel and his wife Olivia Gascoigne met for a reunion. Peter McKay's 2004 book The Lucas Clan in Australia estimated that there were in total 54,000 descendants of the couple.
Some Brief facts of the LUCAS Family