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Gender: Male Meaning of Marmaduke: "devotee of Maedoc" Origin of Marmaduke: Irish

The name Marmaduke is a boy's name of Irish origin meaning "devotee of Maedoc". Marmaduke and is often added to lists like Posh Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Love, Like, Lose -- Outlandish/Guilty Pleasures edition!".

From the experts:

One of the ultimate teasable names, an Irish saint's name now associated with the oversized comic-strip dog. Scottish adventurer Bear (born Edward) Grylls took up the challenge when he used it for his son.

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Famous People Named Marmaduke

Marmaduke William Pickthall, English Islamic scholar and translator
Marmaduke Constable, English courtier and soldier
Marmaduke Constable, English soldier and MP; son of the above
Marmaduke James Hussey, Baron Hussey of North Bradley, former Chairman of the Board of Governors of the BBC
Marmaduke Grove, Chilean soldier and politician
Marmaduke Miller Barton, English pianist and composer
Marmaduke Williams, US Congressman from North Carolina
Marmaduke Alexander Lawson, English botanist
Marmaduke Thomas St John "Pat" Pattle, South African-British WWII flying ace
Marmaduke Langdale, 1st Baron Langdale of Holme, English soldier and high sheriff
Marmaduke Wyvill, several English baronets and MPs
Marmaduke Mickey Percy Grylls (b. 2006), son of Bear Grylls

Pop Culture References for the name Marmaduke

Marmaduke, title Great Dane in comic strip and movie
Marmaduke Brooker, character from the TV series "Carpoolers"
Marmaduke Temple, character in The Leatherstocking Tales by James Fenimore Cooper
Marmaduke "Chuffy" Chuffnell, 5th Baron Chuffnell, character in P. G. Wodehouse's Jeeves novels
Marmaduke, character in the Demon Princes series by Jack Vance
Marmaduke "Duke" Rosenly, full name of collie dog character in "The Space Gypsy Adventures"
Marmaduke Duke, Scottish rock duo


Bubblingbrooke Says:


All I can picture when I hear this name is the big great dane.

morning_glory Says:


I agree that Marmaduke doesn't quite hit "one of the ultimate teasable names"! However it does make me think of a certain massive, orange-coloured cat in The Rescuers . . . not that I'd consider that a massive teasing point but it is a personal connection with the name.

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


I've never seen or even heard of the comics until I looked them up just now. They appear to be quite cute, actually. And while obviously they're humorous in nature, I don't see how that qualifies Marmaduke as "one of the ultimate teasable names". And even if I was dead-wrong, I would still have to question the validity of that statement due to the fact that kids born in 2016 and beyond are likely to be unaware of the comic.

Having said that, I admit that Marmaduke is not my favourite. I want to love it because it's so old and it's Irish as well so it honours my heritage. But the 'duke' on the end just makes it seem so informal and modern, neither of which are my style. But for anyone looking for an edgy, unusual traditional choice - I imagine Marmaduke would be perfect.