Last name origins & meanings:
- English: nickname for a man with some fancied resemblance to a
he-goat (Old English bucc(a)) or a male deer (Old English
bucc). Old English Bucc(a) is found as a personal name,
as is Old Norse Bukkr. Names such as Walter le Buk
(Somerset 1243) are clearly nicknames.
- English: topographic name
for someone who lived near a prominent beech tree, such as Peter
atte Buk (Suffolk 1327), from Middle English buk ‘beech’
(from Old English bōc).
- German: from a personal
name, a short form of Burckhard (see Burkhart).
- North German and Danish: nickname for a fat man, from Middle Low
German būk ‘belly’. Compare Bauch.
- German: variant of Bock.
- German: variant of Puck in the
sense ‘defiant’, ‘spiteful’, or ‘stubborn’.
- German: topographic name from a field name, Buck ‘hill’.
- Emanuel Buck came from England to Plymouth Colony in the 1640s and
in 1647 settled in Wethersfield, CT.
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