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The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England produced the name of Dukes. It was given to a person who behaved in a regal or noble manner, like a Duke. The surname Dukes is derived 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. Undoubtedly, this was often a nickname, since many captains or leaders of military forces were titled landholders who would have derived their surnames from their estates. Nevertheless, it may have also been applied as an occupational name to a military leader or to someone employed in a ducal household.

Dukes Early Origins



The surname Dukes was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Dukes Spelling Variations


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Dukes Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Dukes has appeared include Duke, Dukes, Dook, Dooke, Dooks, Dookes and others.

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Dukes Early History


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Dukes Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dukes research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1604, 1671, 1640, 1632, 1705, 1679, 1658, 1711, 1563, 1590 and are included under the topic Early Dukes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dukes Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dukes Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include Sir Edward Duke, 1st Baronet (c.1604-1671), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons of England in 1640; and his son, Sir John Duke, 2nd Baronet (1632-1705), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Orford in 1679; Richard Duke (1658-1711), an...

Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dukes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dukes In Ireland


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Dukes In Ireland



Some of the Dukes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Dukes arrived in North America very early:

Dukes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Sarnil Dukes, who landed in Virginia in 1650
  • Jone Dukes, who arrived in Virginia in 1657
  • Francis Dukes, who landed in Maryland in 1660
  • Robert Dukes, who landed in Maryland in 1666

Dukes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Dukes, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • Alfred Dukes settled in Pennsylvania in 1872

Dukes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Dukes arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aztec" in 1851
  • John Dukes, aged 18, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"

Dukes Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Dukes, aged 22, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Strathnaver" in 1874
  • James Dukes arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Escocesa" in 1876

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dukes (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dukes (post 1700)



  • Bill J. Dukes (1927-2014), American politician, Member of the Alabama House of Representatives (1994-2010)
  • Clifford Dukes (b. 1981), American Arena football defensive lineman
  • Noble Jan Dukes (b. 1945), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Gordon Dukes (1888-1966), American track and field athlete
  • Michael Francis Dukes (1936-2008), American collegiate and professional football player
  • Elijah David Dukes Jr. (b. 1984), American professional baseball player
  • Kevin Dukes (b. 1976), is an American guitarist
  • Chad Dukes (b. 1978), American radio personality
  • David Dukes (b. 1945), American actor
  • Ashley Dukes (1885-1959), English playwright, critic, and theatre manager
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    4. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    11. ...

    The Dukes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dukes Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 19 November 2016 at 16:45.

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