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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Drake
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  1. The male of the duck kind.
  2. Etymology: Cf. Dragon fly, under Dragon

    The drake fly."The drake will mount steeple height into the air." [Walton.]"The dark drake fly, good in August." [Walton.]

Etymology: Akin to LG. drake, OHG. antrache anetrecho, G. enterich, Icel. andriki, Dan. andrik, OSw. andrak andrage, masc., and fr. AS. ened, fem., duck; akin to D. eend, G. ente, Icel. önd, Dan. and, Sw. and, Lith. antis, L. anas, Gr. � (for �), and perh. Skr. āti a water fowl. √207. In English the first part of the word was lost. The ending is akin to E. rich. Cf. Gulaund

noun Drake
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  1. A dragon.(Obs)"Beowulf resolves to kill the drake." [J. A. Harrison (Beowulf).]
  2. A small piece of artillery.(Obs)"Two or three shots, made at them by a couple of drakes, made them stagger." [Clarendon.]

Etymology: AS. draca dragon, L. draco. See Dragon

noun Drake
Wild oats, brome grass, or darnel grass; -- called also drawk dravick, and drank.

Etymology: Cf. F. dravik, W. drewg, darnel, cockle, etc

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  1. Adult male of a wild or domestic duck
  2. English explorer and admiral who was the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe and who helped to defeat the Spanish Armada (1540-1596)
Wiktionary

Originally a nickname from Old English Draca (“snake, dragon”) or Middle English drake (“male duck”). See drake.

  1. A surname​, notably of Francis Drake (1540-1596).
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.
  3. A city/town in North Dakota.

Notable Persons Named Drake

Drake is a rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor. They were most active from 2006 to present. Drake was given the name Aubrey Drake Graham on October 24th, 1986 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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His most notable accomplishments were from 1991 to present. Drake was given the name Jared Drake Bell on June 27th, 1986 in Newport Beach, California, US.

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Drake was born on September 10th, 1984 in Indianapolis. Drake is also known as Wuertz, Drake; Psycho Shooter, and The.

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Drake White is a country music musician. He has been prominent since 2013. Drake was born in Hokes Bluff, Alabama.

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Drake was given the name Donald Drake Hogestyn on September 29th, 1953 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Drake Doremus is a film director and writer. Drake was born on March 29th, 1983 in Orange, California.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Drake

Drake is a rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor. They were most active from 2006 to present. Drake was given the name Aubrey Drake Graham on October 24th, 1986 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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Nick Drake was a contemporary folk music musician. He plays Vocals, guitar, piano, clarinet, and saxophone. He holds the title River Man", Northern Sky", Pink Moon", and Black Eyed Dog". His most notable accomplishments were from 1967 to present. Nick was given the name Nicholas Rodney Drake on June 19th, 1948 in Rangoon, Burma. He passed away on November 25th, 1974.

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Eli was born on November 11th, 1982 in Hagerstown, Maryland, United States.

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Larry Drake is an actor. He was most prominent from 1971 to present. Larry was born on February 21st, 1950 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.

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Thomas Andrews Drake is a former senior executive of the u.s. national security agency and national security agency. Thomas was born on April 22nd, 1957 in Louisiana.

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Gabrielle Drake is a film, television, and stage actress. Gabrielle was born on March 30th, 1944 in Lahore.

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How popular is the baby name Drake in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1918 5 0 5
1920 6 0 6
1929 5 0 5
1930 5 0 5
1936 7 0 7
1941 9 0 9
1942 12 0 12
1943 15 0 15
1944 13 0 13
1945 11 0 11
1946 28 0 28
1947 31 0 31
1948 41 0 41
1949 32 0 32
1950 38 0 38
1951 35 0 35
1952 41 0 41
1953 30 0 30
1954 34 0 34
1955 38 0 38
1956 44 0 44
1957 40 0 40
1958 50 0 50
1959 48 0 48
1960 54 0 54
1961 77 0 77
1962 65 0 65
1963 49 0 49
1964 61 0 61
1965 70 0 70
1966 54 0 54
1967 49 0 49
1968 56 0 56
1969 53 0 53
1970 60 0 60
1971 42 0 42
1972 43 0 43
1973 38 0 38
1974 43 0 43
1975 17 0 17
1976 27 0 27
1977 30 0 30
1978 25 0 25
1979 42 0 42
1980 47 0 47
1981 65 0 65
1982 54 0 54
1983 82 0 82
1984 66 0 66
1985 103 0 103
1986 122 0 122
1987 138 0 138
1988 228 0 228
1989 271 0 271
1990 341 0 341
1991 424 0 424
1992 526 0 526
1993 682 0 682
1994 731 7 724
1995 801 6 795
1996 873 6 867
1997 982 8 974
1998 1,063 6 1,057
1999 1,055 6 1,049
2000 1,276 6 1,270
2001 1,251 6 1,245
2002 1,169 0 1,169
2003 1,137 7 1,130
2004 1,273 6 1,267
2005 1,342 6 1,336
2006 1,407 0 1,407
2007 1,521 0 1,521
2008 1,588 0 1,588
2009 1,586 0 1,586
2010 1,882 8 1,874
2011 1,605 0 1,605
2012 1,542 0 1,542
2013 1,216 0 1,216
2014 940 0 940
2015 776 0 776
2016 693 0 693
2017 638 0 638

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Popularity of Drake as a first name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Drake U.S.
  White 79.55% 64.26%
  African American 14.92% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.52% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.62% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.04% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.34% 16.26%

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Fun Facts about the name Drake

  • How Popular is the name Drake? Drake is the 1,300th most popular name of all time. As a last name Drake was the 549th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Drake have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 33,069 babies born with the first name Drake in the United States. That's more than enough people named Drake to occupy the country of San Marino with an estimated population of 32,312 (as of March 31, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Drake? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1918 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Drake first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Drake is Monday, October 19th, 1874.
  • What year had the most people named Drake born? The highest recorded use of the first name Drake was in 2010 with a total of 1,874 babies. That's a lot of babies named Drake!
  • Random Drake Factoid: According to the 2005 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Drake ranks 100th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Iowa. Imagine that, 46 babies in Iowa have the same name as you in 2005.
  • Weird things about the name Drake: Your name in reverse order is Ekard. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Aedrk. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Drake? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 61,162 people with the last name Drake.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Drake? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 21 of them will have Drake as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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