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Duke Name Meaning

English and Irish: from Middle English duk(e) ‘duke’ (from Old French duc, from Latin dux, genitive ducis ‘leader’), applied as an occupational name for someone who worked in the household of a duke, or as a nickname for someone who gave himself airs and graces. English and Irish: possibly also from the personal name Duke, a short form of Marmaduke, a personal name said to be from Irish mael Maedoc ‘devotee (mael, maol ‘bald’, ‘tonsured one’) of Maedoc’, a personal name (M’Aodhóg) meaning ‘my little Aodh’, borne by various early Irish saints, in particular a 6th-century abbot of Clonmore and a 7th-century bishop of Ferns. Scottish: compare the old Danish personal name Duk (Old Norse Dukr). In some cases, possibly an Americanized form of French Leduc or Spanish Duque. Possibly an Americanized spelling of Polish Duk, a nickname from dukac ‘to stammer or falter’.

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 the USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 579 Duke families living in London. This was about 17% of all the recorded Duke's in the UK. London had the highest population of Duke families in 1891.
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What did your Duke ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Duke. 13% of Duke men worked as a General Labourer and 65% of Duke women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Duke were Retired and Private Means.

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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 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Gardener
  • Retired

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Private Means
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Passenger Lists

There are 17,000 immigration records available for the last name Duke. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 48,000 military records available for the last name Duke. For the veterans among your Duke ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Duke lifespan?

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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