Meaning and name origin
Duke \d(u)-ke\ as a boy's name is pronounced dook. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Duke is "leader". Title used as a nickname or given name. Duke is also a short form of Marmaduke. Duke has Western associations because it was the nickname of actor John Wayne, known for his roles in films of the American West. Jazz musician Duke Ellington.
Duke is not a popular first name for males but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#874 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Duke for boys. Duke reached its highest rank of #666 in the U.S. in 2014. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Duke and related names. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are King (#175), Duke (#666), Baron and Earl. (2014 statistics).