Last name: Duck

This unusual and interesting surname is of medieval Scottish origin, and is a variant form of Doig, itself an Anglicized form of the Old Gaelic "MacGille Doig", "son of the devotee of Dog", a foreshortened form of the saint's name Cadog. St. Cadog was a 6th Century abbot, and one of the most outstanding of the Welsh saints. He was widely venerated in South Wales and Brittany, and is reputed to have visited Cornwall and Scotland. Certain clan names evolved as a result of the veneration of a particular saint, and in the Old Gaelic such names were usually prefixed by "Mac", son of, with "Gille" (Scottish) or "Giolla" (Irish), literally meaning "servant", but used here in the transferred sense of "devotee". These prefixes were gradually dropped, and variant forms of the surname indicating devotion to St. Cadog include: Dog, Doge, Dogg, Doig, Doag, Duck and Doak. The surname is particularly widespread in the neighbourhood of places where Cadoc was commemorated, and early recordings include: Alexander Dog, canon of Inchmahome in Menteith (1491); John Doge, witness in Qwchtyreleth, Bamff (1533); and Robert Dook, glessenwright (glazier), in Irvine (1681). On August 28th 1746, the birth of Alexander, son of James Doak and Elizabeth McAllaster, was recorded in Edinburgh parish, Edinburgh, Midlothian. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Alexander Doge, vicar of Dunnychtyne, which was dated 1372, in the "Episcopal Register of Brechin", Scotland, during the reign of King Robert 11 of Scotland, 1371 - 1390. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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James duck the son of dycee and fathers name Geni duck
the indiviuals listed above james dycee and geni are all from Troy Alabama. I am trying to find others indiviuals with the same name living in parts of tthe south are any where in the united states.

sandra duck
I am wilfred and joy ducks daughter I have a sister loretta we live in australia mum and dad had 2 Daughters and they ended up with 10 grand children I sandra duck had 6 and my sister had 4 my childrens names are kim, melissa,nathan,kareena,james,tamika my sisters childrens names are kelly,linda,emma,natasha

Suzanne Smith
My mother was a Duck. I love to say that. She was Beulah Imogene Duck, daughter of Luther Norman Duck and Mary Magdalene Musgrove. I do know the family was from Wales. Great family names include Street Alonzo Duck, Tyrus Norman Duck, Elmer Duck, Wade Duck, Dixie Duck and Donald Eugene Duck. There are many family members in Louisiana.

Ron Curtis
A relative on my mother's side married a Duck in 1881: Parish Register Marriages 17/07/1881 St Clement, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England Charles James PRATLEY 22 bachelor Laborer Rebecca Annie DUCK 21 spinster Witnesses: Eden Dring, Alice Emily Davies

I married a Michael John Duck his parents were unknown to him he was born in Edgrare London in 1940.

Gavin Crawford
Ladybird. Apparently we share the same faily. My grandother was George Duck's daughter and like you I trace them back to Calne to the time they changed from Ducke to Duck. Walter Reeve married Ann Duck in the mid-1660's and adopted the surname Duck. She has family I have identified back to 1560 as Ducke's. I was told that this was because it was a more prestigeous "Norman" name. The again it was long after the Norman period and someone else traces Anne Mortymer (Anne's Grandmother) back to Richard 111's family.

Brian Patterson
I am Brian Patterson my mothers maiden name was Lawna Valerie duck. Is there anyone out there who I should know who comes from the line of the Ducks or the Litchfields. I am keen to know my blood wherever it is. If you are a desendant of this line I would love to meet you

Brian Patterson
My mother's maden name was Valerie Lawna Duck. When I googled her name, I found that we were decendants of the Litchfields datingf back to the early 1500's

Christine Duck
Also possible it refers to a nickname for a distinct body shape, where the chest and bottom are notably prominent - I have it myself!

Iama duck
Christine, come visit us other ducks on Facebook

christine I also would like you to come visit us other ducks on facebook would also like to meet you Lama duck

susan boocock
I, too, agree with the Professor - I thought the article he refers to sounded flimsy as I was reading it. I am researching family history and appear to have found a long line of 'Ducks' in Whitby going back to approx mid 1600's which would appear to attest to Steve's comments about origins of Duck in Whitby and NE England. Susan

I agree with you there Steve, I have ancestors with the name Duck or Ducke from Wiltshire. It was known as a an illustrious Norman name, so much so one of my ancestors changed his name to his wife's surname of Duck/e. It is possible it is a derivative of the name Duke.

Prof Steve Duck
I have found no evidence for this conjecture in my own researches and indeed the strained link between Doig and Duck, and the failure to produce a single example of the actual name in "widespread use" in the places where it was claimed, tends to suggest that this is unsupported by any evidence or proper research. This is especially suspicious when the one place that the name is indeed widespread, well recorded, and dates back before medieval times (as do most surnames) is not even mentioned. In fact, the name Duck occurs in Whitby in NE England in Norman times (1288 the earliest recorded entry) and is the Danish nickname for a hunchback. In this sense it is related to Crouch, Ducker, and the verb "duck" (crouch down to avoid a missile, for example). Variants in the Whitby area records are Ducke, Dook, Dowke, Duk, and occasionally Durk because the letter "c" in Tudor script was often written the way we write the letter "r' today. The Cadog entry is completely unreliable, if not utter nonsense.