Meaning and Name Origin
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.
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 (#874 out of 88799, 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. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Shown below is a comparison of the usage of Duke and related names. Popular variation forms of Duke (#666 in 2014) are Baron, Earl and King (#175 in 2014). Usage of these boy names reached its peak during the years 1890-1899 and has become much lower since, 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. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)