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Duke Name Meaning

English: nickname from Middle English duk(ke) duck doke dook ‘duck’ (Old English dūce) either from a perceived resemblance (perhaps a waddling gait) or from association with wild fowling. Compare Duck Drake . English: from the Middle English personal name Duk or Duke. In northern England this is usually a pet form of Marmaduke. It may alternatively be a survival of one or more Old English personal names though it is uncertain whether they were still current in the period of surname formation. Old English Ducc(a) is attested in placenames like Duxford (Cambridgeshire) and Duckington (Cheshire) and was perhaps interchangeable with Docc attested in Doxey (Staffordshire) and Doxford (Northumberland). Duke could also represent Old English Deowuc (as in Deuxhill Shropshire). A surname from Marmaduke is on record until at least 1881 and derives from the personal name Marmaduke apparently an Anglo-Norman French pronunciation of Old Irish Maolmaedóc ‘devotee of Maedóc’; see Duckett . Americanized form of Polish Duk: nickname from dukać ‘to stammer or falter’. Americanized form (translation into English) of French Leduc or Breton Le Duc ‘the duke’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Due, Dube, Duce, Dyke, Luke, Lake, Dade, Duch, Tukes, Ducker

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You can see how Duke families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Duke family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Duke families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 222 Duke families living in Ontario. This was about 52% of all the recorded Duke's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Duke families in 1911.
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What did your Duke ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Duke. 32% of Duke men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Duke women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Duke were Clerk and Servant. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
    32%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Labourer
    11%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Teacher
    13%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Servant
    10%
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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Duke life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Duke in 1940 was 35, and 74 in 2004.

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