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

Marmaduke Origin and Meaning

The name Marmaduke is a boy's name of Irish origin meaning "devotee of Maedoc".

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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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.