What does Drake mean?
Drake /dra-ke/ as a boys' name is pronounced drayk. It is of Middle English origin, and the meaning of Drake is "dragon".
From Drakon (Greek) or "draca", the medieval term for "dragon". Originally Drake designated the man who kept the inn with the dragon trademark, or the "Sign of the Dragon". English explorer Sir Francis Drake.
(male) Dorke, Dwake, ..
(female) Drade, Draie, ..
How popular is Drake?
Drake is an uncommon first name for men but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#506 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name history of Drake for boys. Drake was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its peak rank of #197 in the U.S. in the year 2010, and is presently at #348. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)
Recommended names are Bake, Blake▲, Dace, Dade, Dale▼, Dane, Dave▼, Dawe, Daye, Deane, Deke, Deryke, Dirke, Doane, Draper, Draven▲, Dray, Dre, Drue, Duane▼, Duke▲, Dwade, Dwane, Jake, Lake and Wake. These names tend to be more commonly used than Drake.