Duke Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Duke:
Derived from duke (a prince who rules an independent duchy, or a noble man with the ranking just below that of a prince). Alternatively, Duke is used as a short form of Marmaduke (devotee of Maedóc).
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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(Edward) "Duke" Ellington, American jazz musician and big-band leader
(Edwin) "Duke" Snider, American hall of fame center fielder for the Brooklyn Dodgers
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Edward Duke Rancic, son (called "Duke") of Guiliana and Bill Rancic
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