Duke Name Meaning: Originates from the English words, 'duk','duc' which are taken from the French word 'duc', meaning 'to lead'. May have also derives from the forename 'Duke', a shortened version of 'Marmaduke'.
A surname which may have stemmed from the Gaelic name 'mael Maedoc', which later was developed into the name 'Marmaduke', the shortened version of this being 'Duke'. May have also been an occupational name for someone who was a leader of an organisation, the French word 'Duc' meaning 'to lead'.
Discover how your Duke ancestors earned their living and spread across the country. Find out more about your family history by using the Free Search box.