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  1. A basketball shot in which the basketball is propelled downward into the basket
  2. Dip into a liquid while eating ("She dunked the piece of bread in the sauce")
  3. Immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate
  4. Make a dunk shot, in basketball ("He dunked the ball")

From Pennsylvania German dunke, from Middle High German dunken, from Old High German dunkōn (“to dip, submerge, dunk”), from Proto-Germanic *þunkōną (“to make wet”), from Proto-Indo-European *teng- (“to moisten, wet”). Cognate with German tunken (“to dunk”), Latin tingō (“to wet, moisten”), Ancient Greek τέγγω (téngō, “to wet, moisten”). Related to taint, tincture, tint.

  1. The act of dunking, particularly in basketball.
    The point guard threaded a pass with pinpoint precision to the power forward for an easy dunk.

dunk was also found in the following language(s): Dutch, Norwegian Nynorsk, and Swedish

Notable Persons With the Last Name Dunk

Lewis Dunk is a soccer player for the Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. and Bristol City F.C. Lewis was born on November 21st, 1991 in Brighton, England. Lewis is also known as Dunk and Lewis Carl.


Kosmo Vinyl is a record producer, manager, and talent manager. His most notable accomplishments were from 197 to present. Kosmo was given the name Mark C. Dunk on February 9th, 1957 in England. Kosmo is also known as Mark C. DunkDoom Asylum (you can watch it at Hulu.


Harrison Dunk is a soccer player for the Cambridge United F.C. and Bromley F.C. Harrison was born on October 25th, 1990 in London, England.


Ben was born on March 11th, 1987.


Thomas von der Dunk is a columnist and writer. Thomas was born on July 2nd, 1961 in Soestdijk.


Bill was born on December 10th, 1938. Bill is also known as Dunk and William Edgar.


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Popularity of Dunk as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Dunk U.S.
  White 79.71% 64.26%
  African American 16.63% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.22% 16.26%

Of Last Name Dunk

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

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Fun Facts about the name Dunk

  • How Popular is the name Dunk? Dunk is the 83,743rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Dunk was the 26,910th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Dunk have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5 babies born with the first name Dunk in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Dunk? 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 Dunk first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Dunk is Thursday, August 20th, 1874.
  • What year had the most people named Dunk born? The highest recorded use of the first name Dunk was in 1918 with a total of 5 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Dunk: Your name in reverse order is Knud. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Dknu. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Dunk? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 902 people with the last name Dunk.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Dunk? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Dunk as their last name since less than 1 person in 323k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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