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What does Duke mean?

Duke Pronunciation of Duke [duke] 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.

Affiliated boy names: Barnett, Baron, Earl, King and Lord.

Associated with: leader, duke (noble).


Creative forms:
(male) Dayke, Dunke, ..

(female) Dude, Dune, ..

Middle name pairings:
Duke Trey (D.T.), ..

How popular is Duke?

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. Demographics)

Duke reached its highest rank of #603 in the U.S. in the year 2015. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Duke name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with similar and related boy names. Popular variation forms of Duke (#603 in 2015) listed in the Top 2000 are Barnett, Baron (#1323 in 2015), Earl (#1348) and King (#163). Usage of these forms of Duke reached its peak 125 years ago (median #886) and has become much lower since (#1087, 77% less usage). Earl is the all-time favorite, although Duke appears to be gaining popularity too, while Earl is no longer trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Duke, Barnett, Baron, 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 Dack, Deke and Dick. Other recommended names are Bake, Burke, Dace, Dade, Dale, Dane, Dave, Dawe, Daye, Dee, Dekel, Deker, Dekle, Dene, Dice, Dirke, Dore, Dowe, Drake, Dre, Drue, Duane, Duff, Dunc, Dunn, Dunne, Dyce, Eike, Fulke, Ike, Jake, Lake, Luke, Mike, Myke, Pike, Pyke, Rike, Wake and Zeke. These names tend to be more frequently used than Duke.

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