The ancient Norman culture that was established in England
after the Conquest of 1066 produced the name of Duk. It was given to a person who had a duck-like gait or bore some other resemblance to a duck. The surname Duk 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 Duk family
The surname Duk 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 Duk family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Duk 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 Duk History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Duk Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Duck, Duche, Ducke and others.
Early Notables of the Duk 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 Duk Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Duk family to Ireland
Some of the Duk 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 Duk family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Duk or a variant listed above: John Duck who settled in New England
in 1654; William Ducke settled in Virginia in 1639; Abigail Ducke settled in Barbados in 1679.