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Origin and Meaning of Duck

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  • A user from Illinois, United States says the name Duck is of Unknown origin and means "The gift of life".
  • A user from Ohio, United States says the name Duck is of English origin and means ""Gift Of God"".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Duck
A pet; a darling.

Etymology: Cf. Dan. dukke, Sw. docka, OHG. doccha, G. docke. Cf. Doxy

noun Duck
  1. A linen (or sometimes cotton) fabric, finer and lighter than canvas, -- used for the lighter sails of vessels, the sacking of beds, and sometimes for men's clothing.
  2. [Naut] pl.The light clothes worn by sailors in hot climates.(Colloq)

Etymology: D. doek cloth, canvas, or Icel. dūkr cloth; akin to OHG. tuoh, G. tuch, Sw. duk, Dan. dug

verb Duck
  1. To thrust or plunge under water or other liquid and suddenly withdraw."Adams, after ducking the squire twice or thrice, leaped out of the tub." [Fielding.]
  2. To plunge the head of under water, immediately withdrawing it; as, duck the boy.
  3. To bow; to bob down; to move quickly with a downward motion."Will duckhis head aside." [Swift.]

Etymology: OE. duken douken, to dive; akin to D. duiken, OHG. t�hhan, MHG. tucken tücken t�chen, G. tuchen. Cf. 5th Duck

verb Duck
  1. To go under the surface of water and immediately reappear; to dive; to plunge the head in water or other liquid; to dip."In Tiber ducking thrice by break of day." [Dryden.]
  2. To drop the head or person suddenly; to bow."The learned pate Ducks to the golden fool." [Shak.]
noun Duck
  1. [Zool] Any bird of the subfamily Anatinæ, family Anatidæ.
  2. A sudden inclination of the bead or dropping of the person, resembling the motion of a duck in water."Here be, without duck or nod, Other trippings to be trod." [Milton.]

Note: ☞ The genera and species are numerous. They are divided into river ducks and sea ducks. Among the former are the common domestic duck (Anas boschas); the wood duck (Aix sponsa); the beautiful mandarin duck of China (Dendronessa galeriliculata); the Muscovy duck, originally of South America (Cairina moschata). Among the sea ducks are the eider, canvasback, scoter, etc.

Etymology: OE. duke doke. See Duck (v. t.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Small wild or domesticated web-footed broad-billed swimming bird usually having a depressed body and short legs
  2. A heavy cotton fabric of plain weave; used for clothing and tents
  3. Flesh of a duck (domestic or wild)
  4. (cricket) a score of nothing by a batsman
  5. Avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)
  6. To move (the head or body) quickly downwards or away ("Before he could duck, another stone struck him")
  7. Submerge or plunge suddenly
  8. Dip into a liquid
  1. A surname​.
  2. A town in North Carolina.
  3. An unincorporated community in West Virginia.

Notable Persons Named Duck

Duck Dodgers is a fictional character.


Duck the Great Western Engine is a fictional character.


Duck Baker is a jazz, blues, ragtime, celtic music, swing music, and dixieland guitarist. He plays Guitar. His ongoing career started in 1972. Duck was given the name Richard R. Baker IV on July 30th, 1949 in Washington, D.C.


Duck MacDonald is a hard rock, heavy metal music, and rap metal musician. His ongoing career started in 1970. Duck was given the name Andrew MacDonald on September 17th, 1953.


Duck Williams is a basketball player for the Utah Jazz. Duck was born on August 2nd, 1956 in Demopolis, Alabama. Duck is also known as Williams and Donald Edgar.


Duck was born on August 14th, 1912 in Gilman City, Missouri. Duck is also known as Dowell and Robert L.. He passed away on November 27th, 2003.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Duck

Donald is also known as Maui Mallard, Frank Duck, Fred, Duck Avenger, Superduck, DoubleDuck, Duck Avenger(USA), and Superduck (UK).


Howard the Duck is a comics character.


Daffy Duck is a fictional character. Daffy is also known as Duck Dodgers.


Daisy Duck is a fictional character. Daisy is also known as Super Daisy.


Melissa Duck is a fictional character.


He passed away in 1895.


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Popularity of Duck as a last name

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Common last names for Duck

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Duck U.S.
  White 77.28% 64.26%
  African American 15.90% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.46% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.86% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.01% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.48% 16.26%

Of Last Name Duck

People with the last name Duck are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Duck

  • How Popular is the name Duck? As a last name Duck was the 7,367th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Duck first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Duck is Friday, April 24th, 1874.
  • How unique is the name Duck? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Duck. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Duck: Your name in reverse order is Kcud. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ukcd. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Duck? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,521 people with the last name Duck.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Duck? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Duck as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (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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