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Gender: Male Origin of Duke: English rank of nobility Duke's Popularity in 2017: #538

The name Duke is a boy's name of English origin. Duke is ranked #538 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Cool Cowboy Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Marry a Celebrity! Dice/Chance BNG! (Kinda long)".

From the experts:

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.

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Famous People Named Duke

(Edward) Duke Ellington, American jazz musician
Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku, American Hawaiian surfer and Olympic swimmer
Duke Calhoun, NFL football player
Duke Uba Ihenacho, American NFL football player
Duke Worne, American actor and director
Edwin Donald "Duke" Snider, American baseball player
Abdul "Duke" Fakir, American singer of The Four Tops
Duke Keaton, son of actress Diane Keaton
Duke Kenneth Fluent, son 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

Pop Culture References for the name Duke

Duke, surname of the family on TV's "Dukes of Hazzard"
"The Duke," a nickname for actor John Wayne and his characters
Duke Orsino, character in movie, "She's the Man"
Duke Crocker, character on TV's "Haven"
Duke Thomas, character in DC Universe
Duke, character on TV's "iCarly"
Duke Ellis, character in "A Woman Called Fancy" by Frank Yerby
Duke, character in the "G.I. Joe" series
Duke the Lost Engine, character in "The Railway" series
Uncle Duke, character in comic strip "Doonesbury"
Tony "Duke" Evers, character in the "Rocky" films
Duke Lavery, character on American soap opera "General Hospital"
Duke, character in video game "KOF: Maximum Impact"
Duke of New York, character 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 University, school in North Carolina, USA


Myanover Says:


Its OK.if I had a baby boy I wouldn't choose Duke.i would choose Brian or Ryan.

peachysugarbuns Says:


A dog's name. Tell the world you love jazz by naming your kid something (anything!) else.

indiefendi2 Says:


I don't like that this is ranked 666th. I'm so superstitious 😥

ThistleThorn Says:



Addie88 Says:


This is a dog's name.