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Early Origins of the Duckett family

The surname Duckett was first found in Lincolnshire where Richard Duket was listed Henry III-Edward I in the Testa de Nevill, sive Liber Feodorum, temp. Henry III-Edward I. [1] The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Dulcia Duket with no county. Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Adam Doket; Johannes Doket; and Willelmus Dokettii. [2]

"The Somersetshire Ducketts have their home in Weston-super- Mare. William Duckett, Esq., lived at Hartham, Wilts, in the reign of Charles II. The name of Duket occurred in Oxfordshire and in London in the 13th century. The name of Duckett or Duckitt is also established around Doncaster, in the West Riding [of Yorkshire]. The Ducketts or Duckitts are now principally represented near the Lincolnshire border in the Doncaster district. The Ducketts of Fillingham, Lincolnshire, were resident there in the 13th century. " [3]

Another noted author has other records that are of interest. Rannulf Duchet was listed in the Pipe Rolls for Hampshire in 1130 and Herbert Duket was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Hertfordshire in 1176. "The surname is common, usually as Duket, and the persistent -et dissociates it from DUCAT. Duchet 1148 Winton is probably identical with Ralph Duchet but we seem to have a clear example of a personal name in Duchet 1185 Templars [Kent and ], Duket [in the Pipe Rolls for Kent in ] 1198. Willelmus filius Duket (1301 Subsidy Rolls for Yorkshire) and Doket Flasby (1379 Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls) are probably diminutives of Marmaduke, a purely northern name." [4]

Early History of the Duckett family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Duckett research. Another 54 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1484, 1572, 1580, 1648, 1621, 1624, 1682, 1624, 1686, 1659, 1679, 1601, 1613, 1644, 1613, 1732, 1651, 1693, 1705, 1708 and 1722 are included under the topic Early Duckett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Duckett Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Ducket, Duchett, Duchette, Duckett, Duckette and others.

Early Notables of the Duckett family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Andrew Doket or Ducket (d. 1484), first president of Queens' College, Cambridge, generally thought to have been principal of St. Bernard's Hostel, of which he may probably have been the founder, and certainly was the owner. [5] Sir John Ducket, and Ducket, was Lord Mayor of London 1572; John Duckett (1580-1648), of Hartham House, Corsham, Wiltshire, was an English landowner and politician, Member of Parliament for Calne, Wiltshire (1621-1624), High Sheriff of Wiltshire (1682); and his son, William Duckett (1624-1686), was an English politician, Member of Parliament for Calne, Wiltshire (1659-1679.) James Duckett (d. 1601)...
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Duckett Ranking

In the United States, the name Duckett is the 3,651st most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [6]

Ireland Migration of the Duckett family to Ireland

Some of the Duckett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Duckett migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Duckett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Duckett, who settled in New England in 1654
  • Robert Duckett, who arrived in Virginia in 1658 [7]
  • James Duckett, who landed in Virginia in 1663 [7]
  • John Duckett, who arrived in Virginia in 1666 [7]
  • Thomas Duckett, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1683 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Duckett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Coakley, Samuel, Abraham, Richard, Thomas Duckett, all, who settled in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870

Australia Duckett migration to Australia +

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

Duckett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Ambrose Duckett, (Ducke, Duckate), (b. 1786), aged 40, Irish ploughman who was convicted in Cork, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Boyne" on 28th October 1826, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • Mr. Richard Duckett, British Convict who was convicted in Leicester, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 25th April 1840, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [9]
  • Mr. Charles Duckett, (b. 1828), aged 22, English settler, from Yorkshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Slains Castle" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 25th January 1851 [10]
  • Mr. Robert Duckett, English convict who was convicted in Louth, Lincolnshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Clyde" on 11th March 1863, arriving in Western Australia, Australia [11]

West Indies Duckett migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [12]
Duckett Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Alice Duckett, aged 24, who landed in Jamaica in 1684 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Duckett (post 1700) +

  • Mahlon Newton "Mal" Duckett (1922-2015), American baseball infielder in the Negro Leagues who played from 1940 to 1950
  • J Fred Duckett (1933-2007), American sports journalist and writer
  • Forey Duckett, former American defensive back in the National Football League
  • Kevin Bilal Duckett (b. 1989), American soccer player
  • Todd Jeffery "T. J." Duckett (b. 1981), American football running back
  • Damane Jerrel Duckett (b. 1981), American football player
  • Warren Duckett Jr., American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1988 [13]
  • W. Gudger Duckett, American Republican politician, Chair of Haywood County Republican Party, 1952; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1964 [13]
  • T. Howard Duckett, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1944, 1948 [13]
  • Claude E. Duckett, American Democratic Party politician, Elected Missouri State House of Representatives from Barton County 1954 [13]
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Duckett Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Je veux le droit
Motto Translation: I desire that which is just.

Suggested Readings for the name Duckett +

  • The Ducketts, From Maryland to Texas by Margaret Johnson King.

  1. Testa de Nevill or "Liber Feodorum" or "Book of Fees," thought to have been written by Ralph de Nevill, for King John (1199–1216)
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  6. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  7. 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)
  8. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 27th October 2020). Retrieved from
  9. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th January 2020). Retrieved from
  10. The Argus News Paper 27th January 1852 Page 2 (Retrieved 26th April 2019). Retrieved from
  11. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th February 2021). Retrieved from
  13. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from on Facebook