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Duck Name Meaning

English: from Middle English doke, hence a nickname for someone with some fancied resemblance to a duck or a metonymic occupational name for someone who kept ducks or for a wild fowler. Irish: English name adopted as an equivalent of Lohan (an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Leocháin ‘descendant of Leochán’) by mistranslation, as if from lacha ‘duck’. Dutch: variant of Duyck. In a German-speaking environment, this is also a variant of (van) Dyck. North German (also Dück): probably a nickname for a coward, from Low German duken ‘to duck or dive’. German (Dück(e)): from a pet form of an old Germanic personal name formed with theud, diot ‘people’, ‘race’.

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


Similar surnames: Buck, Dick, Puck, Dock, Huck, Luck, Deck, Duch, Dack, Rock

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Where is the Duck family from?

You can see how Duck families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Duck family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Duck families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 21 Duck families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 27% of all the recorded Duck's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Duck families in 1840.
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What did your Duck ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Duck. 25% of Duck men worked as a Laborer and 15% of Duck women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Duck were Farm Laborer and Clerk.

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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 1940

  • Laborer
    25%
  • Farmer
    21%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Farm Laborer
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    15%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Clerk
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Duck. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 8,000 military records available for the last name Duck. For the veterans among your Duck ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Duck lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Duck life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Duck in 1944 was 35, and 78 in 2004.

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