The proud Norman name of Duckes was developed in England
soon after Norman Conquest
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,
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 Duckes family
The surname Duckes 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 Duckes family
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Duckes 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 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 Duckes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Duckes family to Ireland
Some of the Duckes 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 Duckes family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, 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.