English rank of nobility

Duke Origin and Meaning

The name Duke is a boy's name of English origin.

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 boys’ names 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.

# 684 in the US

Duke Rank in US Top 1000

# 1068 on Nameberry

Duke Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Duke Popularity

Famous People Named Duke

  • (Edward) Duke EllingtonAmerican jazz musician
  • Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola KahanamokuAmerican Hawaiian surfer and Olympic swimmer
  • Duke CalhounNFL football player
  • Duke Uba IhenachoAmerican NFL football player
  • Duke WorneAmerican actor and director
  • Edwin Donald "Duke" SniderAmerican baseball player
  • Abdul "Duke" FakirAmerican singer of The Four Tops
  • Duke Keatonson of actress Diane Keaton
  • Duke Kenneth Fluentson of American actress Justine Bateman
  • Duke Gaines (b. 2008)son of reality stars Chip and Joanna Gaines
  • (Edward) Duke Rancic (b. 2012)son of TV personalities Giuliana and Bill Rancic

Duke in Pop Culture

  • Dukesurname of the family on TV's "Dukes of Hazzard"
  • "The Duke" a nickname for actor John Wayne and his characters
  • Duke Orsinocharacter in movie, "She's the Man"
  • Duke Crockercharacter on TV's "Haven"
  • Duke Thomascharacter in DC Universe
  • Dukecharacter on TV's "iCarly"
  • Duke Ellischaracter in "A Woman Called Fancy" by Frank Yerby
  • Dukecharacter in the "G.I. Joe" series
  • Duke the Lost Enginecharacter in "The Railway" series
  • Uncle Dukecharacter in comic strip "Doonesbury"
  • Tony "Duke" Everscharacter in the "Rocky" films
  • Duke Laverycharacter on American soap opera "General Hospital"
  • Dukecharacter in video game "KOF: Maximum Impact"
  • Duke of New Yorkcharacter in film "Escape from New York"
  • "Duke Nukem" video game series and its main character
  • "Duke" novel by Hal Ellson and its main character
  • Duke Universityschool in North Carolina, USA

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