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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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Duke Family Origin

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Duke Family Occupations

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In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Duke. A less common occupation for the Duke family was Farming. The most common Duke occupation in the USA was Farmer. 47% of Duke's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    47%
  • Laborer

    6%
  • Keeping House

    5%
  • Farming

    5%

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Duke Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Duke. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Duke census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Duke. 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 Card

There are 1,000 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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Duke Life Expectancy

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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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