Duckes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The proud Norman name of Duckes was developed in England soon after Norman Conquest of England in 1066. It was name for a person who had a duck-like gait or bore some other resemblance to a duck. The surname Duckes 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 Duckes family
The surname Duckes was first found in Somerset where the first record of the family was John le Duk, who was listed there 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.) 
The Rotuli Curiae Regis listed Ralph Dux of Buckinghamshire, 1198. 
In Cheshire, two early listing were found: Robert Ducke was listed in the Assize Rolls of 1260 and later; Hugo Doke was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1279.  In the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379, we found Adam Doke listed as holding lands there at that time. 
In Devon, we found the variant Duckham.  "Amongst old Tiverton [,Devon] names, now scantily to be found in the county, but still surviving in this town, are Duckham This name is now established in Monmouthshire. The Duckhams were Tiverton churchwardens in 1691, 1703, and 1743." 
Early History of the Duckes family
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Duckes Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Duckes have been found, including Duck, Duche, Ducke and others.
Early Notables of the Duckes family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Arthur Duck (1580-1648), English civilian, second son of Richard Duck by Joanna, his wife, born at Heavitree, Devonshire. He was born at Heavitree, near Exeter, Devon. the younger son of Richard Duck and his wife Joanna. His elder brother was the lawyer Nicholas Duck (1570-1628) was a prominent lawyer in the city of London. 
Sir John Duck, 1st Baronet (c. 1632-1691), was an English politician, Mayor of Durham. He "was apprenticed early in life to a butcher at Durham, though from an entry in the guild registers it appears that in 1657...
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Migration of the Duckes family to Ireland
Some of the Duckes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Duckes family
For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Duckes were among those contributors: John Duck who settled in New England in 1654; William Ducke settled in Virginia in 1639; Abigail Ducke settled in Barbados in 1679.
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