Duck History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, the name Duck was first found in Britina. It was a name for a person who had a duck-like gait or bore some other resemblance to a duck. The surname Duck is derived from Old English words duk, dukke, duck, doke, and dook, which all mean duck. However, these words are often indistinguishable from the various Old English words duc, duk, duke, douc, and doke, which all came from the Old French word duc. This ultimately came from the Latin word dux, which means leader, and is a derivative of the verb ducere, which means to lead.

Early Origins of the Duck family

The surname Duck was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Duck family

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Duck Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Duck are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Duck include Duck, Duche, Ducke and others.

Early Notables of the Duck family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Nicholas Duck, a prominent lawyer in the city of London; Sir John Duck, 1st Baronet (c. 1632-1691), English politicin, Mayor of Durham; Leonard Digges (c.1515-c.1559), English mathematician and surveyor, credited with the...
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Migration of the Duck family to Ireland

Some of the Duck family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Duck migration to the United States

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Duck, or a variant listed above:

Duck Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Duck who settled in New England in 1654
  • Ri Duck, who arrived in Virginia in 1666 [1]
  • Susanna Duck, who arrived in Maryland in 1666 [1]
Duck Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Eliza Duck, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [1]
  • Mary Duck, who arrived in Virginia in 1713 [1]
Duck Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Duck, who arrived in New York in 1831 [1]
  • Rollins R Duck, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [1]
  • Levi Duck, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • Aron Duck, aged 28, who landed in New York, NY in 1874 [1]
  • Cath Duck, aged 9, who arrived in New York, NY in 1875 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Duck Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • George Augustus Duck, who arrived in Alabama in 1918 [1]

Duck migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Duck Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Abraham Duck, who arrived in Manitoba in 1874
  • Cornelius Duck, who landed in Manitoba in 1874
  • David Duck, who landed in Manitoba in 1874
  • Duerk Duck, who arrived in Manitoba in 1874
  • Gehrhard Duck, who landed in Manitoba in 1874
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Duck migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Duck Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Alfred Duck, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [2]
  • David Duck, aged 31, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Amazon" [3]
  • Edwin Duck, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Lady Ann"

Duck migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Duck Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John & Wife Duck, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Broman
  • John Duck, aged 23, a cabinet maker, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Eliza Duck, aged 21, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • David Duck, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
  • Sarah Duck, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
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Contemporary Notables of the name Duck (post 1700)

  • C. A. Duck, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1916 [4]
  • Stephen Duck (1705-1756), English ploughman/poet

Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm
  3. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) AMAZON 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/amazon1852.shtml
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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