- this week

Gender: M Origin of Duke: English rank of nobility Duke's Popularity in 2015: #603

While John Wayne and Duke Ellington are worthy role models, the reason Duke is currently enjoying a revival and returned to the Top 1000 in 2013 as one of the year's fastest-rising choices is more likely due to the name given to high-profile TV couple Giuliana and Bill Rancic. Christened Edward Duke, he has always been called by his middle name, just as Edward Duke Ellington was. Duke is just one of several aristocratic titles being increasingly used by ordinary citizens.

Famous People Named Duke

Edward "Duke" Ellington, jazz musician
Duke Calhoun, NFL football player
Duke Ihenacho, NFL football player
Duke Snider, baseball player
Duke Keaton, son of actress Diane Keaton
(Edward) Duke Rancic, son of Giuliana and Bill Rancic
Duke Kahanamoku, Hawaiian surfer and Olympic swimmer
Duke, son of American actress Justine Bateman

Pop Culture References for the name Duke

Duke, a college in America
Duke Crocker, character from TV show 'Haven', played by Eric Balfour
Duke, character from the movie 'GI Joe'
Duke, character from Nickelodeon's 'iCarly'
Luke Duke, Bo Duke and Daisy Duke, characters from "Dukes of Hazzard"
"The Duke", a nickname for John Wayne and his characters
Duke Orsino, Channing Tatum's character in the movie, "She's the Man"
Duke Ellis, character from A woman called Fancy, by Frank Yerby