Last name origins & meanings:
- English (East Anglia): nickname meaning ‘diver’, from an agent
derivative of Middle English douke(n) ‘to dive’ (a word that is
probably related to duck (the bird)).
- Jewish (Ashkenazic): unexplained.
- North German (Dücker) and Dutch: from the
term for a duck or diving bird (from du(c)ken ‘to dive or
duck’), probably applied as a nickname for someone thought to resemble
the duck, but perhaps in some cases a metonymic
occupational name for fowler or for a furrier who used the pelts of
diving birds in his trade.
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