Duke

First Name
8k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Duke mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Duke

"Duke" is a name of English origin, and it means "Title of Nobility". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Duke
Senses
  1. A leader; a chief; a prince.(Obs)"Hannibal, duke of Carthage." [Sir T. Elyot.]"All were dukes once, who were “duces” -- captains or leaders of their people." [Trench.]
  2. In England, one of the highest order of nobility after princes and princesses of the royal blood and the four archbishops of England and Ireland.
  3. In some European countries, a sovereign prince, without the title of king.
  4. pl.The fists; as, put up your dukes .(slang)

Etymology: F. duc, fr. L. dux ducis, leader, commander, fr. ducere to lead; akin to AS. teón to draw; cf. AS. heretoga here army) an army leader, general, G. herzog duke. See Tue, and cf. Doge Duchess Ducat Duct Adduce Deduct

verb Duke
To play the duke.
verb duke
To beat with the fists.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A British peer of the highest rank
  2. A nobleman (in various countries) of high rank
Wiktionary
  1. The title of a duke.
  2. A male given name; mostly US and rather rare.
  3. A private university in North Carolina.

Notable Persons Named Duke

Duke Dumont is a deep house, uk garage, and tech house musician. He has been prominent since 2006. Duke was given the name Adam George Dyment on August 27th, 1982 in Harrow, England, United Kingdom. Duke is also known as Blasé Boys Club and Turbo.

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Duke of Bohemia Wenceslaus I was a saint. He holds the title Good King Wenceslaus and Martyr. Duke was born in 907 in Prague. He left this life on September 28th, 0935.

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Duke Kahanamoku was a swimmer. Duke was born on August 24th, 1890 in Pākī. He passed away on January 22nd, 1968.

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Duke Cunningham is a politician and former congressman. His career lasted from 2003 to 2005. His military service ended in 1987. Duke was given the name Randall Harold Cunningham on December 8th, 1941 in Los Angeles.

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Duke Roufus is a martial artist. Duke was born on February 19th, 1970 in Milwaukee.

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Duke Snider was a baseball player. Duke was born on September 19th, 1926 in Los Angeles. He passed away on February 27th, 2011.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Duke

Sean Astin is an actor, director, producer, voice artist, and voice acting. He was most prominent from 1981 to present. Sean was given the name Sean Patrick Duke by his parents Patty Duke and John Astin on February 25th, 1971 in Santa Monica, California, U.S.

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David Duke is an author and activism. David was born on July 1st, 1950 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.

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Patty Duke is a President of the Screen Actors Guild and President of theScreen Actors Guild. Patty was born on December 14th, 1946 in Elmhurst, Queens, New York, United States.

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Doris Duke was a philanthropy, private collection, horticulture, socialite, philanthropist, art collector, and horticulturalist. Doris was born as the child of James Buchanan Duke on November 22nd, 1912 in New York City. She passed away on October 28th, 1993.

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Clark Duke is an actor. He was most active from 1992 to present. Clark was born on May 5th, 1985 in Glenwood, Arkansas.

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Bill Duke is an actor, film director, and director. He was most active from 1962 to present. Bill was given the name William Henry Duke, Jr. on February 26th, 1943 in Poughkeepsie, New York, U.S.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 7 0 7
1881 5 0 5
1883 5 0 5
1884 5 0 5
1886 5 0 5
1888 8 0 8
1890 7 0 7
1891 5 0 5
1892 6 0 6
1893 6 0 6
1894 5 0 5
1895 7 0 7
1896 5 0 5
1897 9 0 9
1898 9 0 9
1899 8 0 8
1900 11 0 11
1901 5 0 5
1902 7 0 7
1904 8 0 8
1905 6 0 6
1906 5 0 5
1907 5 0 5
1908 13 0 13
1909 11 0 11
1910 13 0 13
1911 15 0 15
1912 20 0 20
1913 19 0 19
1914 17 0 17
1915 35 0 35
1916 37 0 37
1917 40 0 40
1918 39 0 39
1919 41 0 41
1920 33 0 33
1921 31 0 31
1922 41 0 41
1923 27 0 27
1924 35 0 35
1925 45 0 45
1926 43 0 43
1927 45 0 45
1928 40 0 40
1929 22 0 22
1930 33 0 33
1931 40 0 40
1932 19 0 19
1933 31 0 31
1934 28 0 28
1935 22 0 22
1936 38 0 38
1937 46 0 46
1938 46 0 46
1939 41 0 41
1940 45 0 45
1941 47 0 47
1942 41 0 41
1943 46 0 46
1944 28 0 28
1945 35 0 35
1946 43 0 43
1947 47 0 47
1948 59 0 59
1949 38 0 38
1950 60 0 60
1951 49 0 49
1952 50 0 50
1953 52 0 52
1954 75 0 75
1955 85 0 85
1956 105 0 105
1957 108 0 108
1958 89 0 89
1959 105 0 105
1960 98 0 98
1961 70 0 70
1962 76 0 76
1963 100 0 100
1964 89 0 89
1965 70 0 70
1966 84 0 84
1967 73 0 73
1968 62 0 62
1969 76 0 76
1970 78 0 78
1971 75 0 75
1972 57 0 57
1973 62 0 62
1974 55 0 55
1975 44 0 44
1976 43 0 43
1977 36 0 36
1978 36 0 36
1979 69 0 69
1980 46 0 46
1981 41 0 41
1982 43 0 43
1983 44 0 44
1984 37 0 37
1985 36 0 36
1986 33 0 33
1987 56 0 56
1988 63 0 63
1989 50 0 50
1990 59 0 59
1991 43 0 43
1992 65 0 65
1993 75 0 75
1994 63 0 63
1995 55 0 55
1996 44 0 44
1997 59 0 59
1998 49 0 49
1999 54 0 54
2000 55 0 55
2001 53 0 53
2002 59 0 59
2003 74 0 74
2004 62 0 62
2005 75 0 75
2006 89 0 89
2007 96 0 96
2008 104 0 104
2009 89 0 89
2010 141 0 141
2011 147 0 147
2012 160 0 160
2013 323 0 323
2014 384 0 384
2015 454 0 454
2016 513 0 513
2017 520 0 520

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Popularity of Duke as a first name

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Popularity of Duke as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Duke U.S.
  White 85.45% 64.26%
  African American 8.08% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.62% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.57% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.96% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.32% 16.26%

Of Last Name Duke

People with the last name Duke are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Duke

  • How Popular is the name Duke? Duke is the 2,828th most popular name of all time. As a last name Duke was the 995th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Duke have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 8,128 babies born with the first name Duke in the United States. That's more than enough people named Duke to occupy the territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) with an estimated population of 6,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Duke? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Duke first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Duke is Sunday, August 16th, 1868.
  • What year had the most people named Duke born? The highest recorded use of the first name Duke was in 2017 with a total of 520 babies.
  • Random Duke Factoid: According to the 2003 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Duke ranks 97th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Hawaii. Imagine that, 15 babies in Hawaii have the same name as you in 2003.
  • Weird things about the name Duke: Your name in reverse order is Ekud. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Kedu. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Duke? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 35,053 people with the last name Duke.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Duke? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 12 of them will have Duke as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • 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.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.