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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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.

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

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.

william duck
born kingston upon hull 1904