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John Wayne's one of my favorite actors. His nickname was The Duke and/or Duke. Whenever I see or hear "Duke" it reminds me of him. I nicknamed my son "Duke" in homage of the late actor. My dad's guard dog also is named "Duke". It's a strong name that represents loyalty, courage, and bravery.
-- Anonymous User  3/22/2005
The word "dux" which means leader, comes from the word "ducere" which means to lead.
-- wiswina  5/28/2005
I know someone whose name is Duke. Everyone calls him that, but it's actually short for Richard.
-- Anonymous User  5/16/2006
Duke doesn't sound anything like Richard, bit it's much better than being called Dick.
-- FairyGirl  7/2/2006
This name is pronounced DOOK. The female version is Duka (DOOK-AH). It is not pronounced DOOK-AY.
-- candleburn  11/5/2006
Why is it everyone starts arguing and saying it's "prissy" to be called Princess, Prince or Queen but it's alright to be Duke? I just don't understand you people.
-- Anonymous User  2/2/2007
One famous bearer is Duke Ellington, a famous jazz composer, bandleader, and pianist.
-- meganmichele  2/11/2007
In my opinion this name doesn't seem right for a person, no matter the meaning.
-- Anonymous User  11/14/2007
I think this name shouldn't be given to a human, EVER. This is a name for either a Rotweiler or Retriever dog, or any other type of big dog.
-- jasmineenimsaj  2/14/2008
"Dook"? OK, maybe in America. Everyone else pronounces this "Dyook". No offence, but seeing the pronunciation written down "Dook" just looks ridiculous to a British or Australian etc. person.
-- aquamarina  3/17/2008
I agree with the user aquamarina. "DOOK" is more of an American English pronunciation whereas the British English pronunciation would be "DYOOK".
-- justsomegirl  11/2/2014
It's a title, for crying out loud. It seems like a pretentious name to use.
-- slight night shiver  4/22/2008
I hate this name. It makes me think of racist David Duke.
-- bananarama  9/19/2008
Duke Orsino is a character in the movie "She's the Man". He's played by Channing Tatum.
-- Essi  11/25/2008
I love this name! I don't even know why, it's just so, I dunno, masculine? Who cares, it's an awesome name!
-- MtotheK  6/5/2009
I completely agree with Aquamarina above. "Dook" looks hilarious to me. I always laugh when the guy sings "your dook" in the English version of the song "Dragostea din tei". I thought he was just pronouncing the word wrong for a long time, until I released that's the American pronunciation. In Ireland, "Duke" is pronounced "jook" and in Britain, it's pronounced "dyook". There should be three different pronunciation guides.
-- Anonymous User  6/8/2009
I like the name very much. It reminds me of names like Blake or Jake, which I consider very masculine. I also think that the meaning "leader" makes it rather masculine. I for sure wouldn't mind naming my son this.
-- Anonymous User  3/30/2011
Duke Calhoun is an American football player who used to play for the New York Giants.
-- Anonymous User  12/11/2011
Sounds like something somebody would name their Rottweiler. I can't picture it as a human's name.
-- mrose19  2/23/2014
Duke Nukem is a character from a video game franchise.
-- PinkJazzX  9/15/2014
The Dukes Of Hazzard: Bo and Luke.
-- MarcoJackson  4/22/2015
In Britain, this would be pronouned JOOK or DYOOK.
-- Ambiversion  6/21/2015

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