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What is the reason it's named "Luke"??? I heard years ago, it was the temperature a certain Noble liked his bathwater. It makes plenty of sense, but does anyone know for sure?

Oh no, the name comes from Greek Loukas, originally meaning from Lucania. English Luke is possibly an alteration of Old English hleow (lukewarm), but the exact origin is unclear, (although the connection to the name sounds suspiciously much like a folk etymology...) Wakuran 01:08, 17 August 2006 (UTC)


I don't think it's directly connected to "lunken" (which might be related to leeway, but there might be an indirect connection via an older root. Wakuran 02:11, 1 February 2010 (UTC)

I think it is simpler than that- it has come from Milk-warm. and indeed in some old handwritten recipes the word milkwarm is used.


Is there a pronunciation "loowarm", as proscribed by (page 3)--Simplificationalizer (talk) 01:27, 22 May 2017 (UTC)