The name Ducke is part of the ancient legacy of the early Norman inhabitants that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. Ducke was a Norman name used for a person who had a duck-like gait or bore some other resemblance to a duck. The surname Ducke is derived from Old English words duk, dukke, duck, doke,
which all mean duck.
However, these words are often indistinguishable from the various Old English words duc, duk, duke, douc,
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 Ducke family
The surname Ducke 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.
Early History of the Ducke family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ducke research.Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1632, 1691, 1515, 1559, 1546, 1595, 1636, 1639, 1638 and 1672 are included under the topic Early Ducke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ducke Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Duck, Duche, Ducke and others.
Early Notables of the Ducke 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... Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ducke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ducke family to Ireland
Some of the Ducke family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 49 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ducke family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Ducke name or one of its variants:
Ducke Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Ducke, who settled in Virginia in 1639
- William Ducke, who arrived in Virginia in 1639 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
- Abigail Ducke, who settled in Barbados in 1679
Ducke Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Winifred Ducke, aged 20, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Monday 26th December 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Epaminondas 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/epaminondas1853.shtml.