Duker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Duker surname comes from the German term for a duck or diving bird (from du(c)ken ‘to dive or duck’). It is thought to have been a nickname for someone thought to resemble the duck, but in some instances may have been an occupational name for someone whose trade involved the handling of ducks.

Early Origins of the Duker family

The surname Duker was first found in Westphalia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families in the western region. From the 13th century onwards the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.

Important Dates for the Duker family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Duker research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1671, 1687, 1720, 1819, 1833, and 1846 are included under the topic Early Duker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Duker Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Ducker, Dücker, Ducher, Duckermann and many more.

Early Notables of the Duker family (pre 1700)

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Duker migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Duker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J Duker, aged 36, who arrived in Key West, Fla in 1840 [1]
  • William Duker, aged 28, who landed in Missouri in 1848 [1]
  • A Gert Duker, who landed in America in 1850 [1]

Duker migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Duker Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. David Dulmage Sr., U.E., "Dulmadge" (b. 1746) born in Limerick, Ireland from Camden Valley, New York, USA who settled in Marysburgh [Prince Edward County], Ontario c. 1788 he served in Captain McKay's Loyalist Volunteers married to Mary Jennings [2]

Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
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