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What does Duke mean?

Duke \d(u)-ke\ as a boys' 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.

For more information, see also related boy names Barnett, Baron, Earl, King and Lord.


Duke has 1 related form via Marmaduke: Marmeduke.


Duke is an uncommon first name for males but a very popular last name for all people (#952 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the baby name popularity of Duke for boys. Duke reached its highest rank of #666 in the U.S. in the year 2014. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Duke name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Duke outside U.S.

Shown below is a comparison of the usage of Duke and related names. Popular variation forms of Duke (#666 in 2014) listed in the Top 1000 are Baron, Earl and King (#175 in 2014). Usage of these boy names reached its peak during the years 1890-1899 (usage of 0.429%) and has become much lower since (usage 0.2898%, down 32.5%), with the version Earl becoming less trendy. Duke (#666) and King (#175) are two of the more contemporarily stylish names for newborns here, with both names undergoing a revival in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Baron, Duke, Earl, King in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Duke and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Duke is alike in pronunciation to Deke. Other recommended similar baby names are Dace, Dice, Dyce and Luke. These names tend to be more frequently used than Duke.