When Jerald "Jerry" R. Duke was born on 12 May 1925, in Crossett, Ashley, Arkansas, United States, his father, John Duke, was 46 and his mother, Luna May Hilliard, was 29. He married Frankie Jean Baldwin on 19 November 1948, in Oak Ridge, Anderson, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Glenwood, Pike, Arkansas, United States for about 5 years and Forester, Scott, Arkansas, United States in 1940. He died on 26 November 2007, in Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Memorial Park Cemetery, Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States.
English: nickname from Middle English duk(ke), duck, doke, dook ‘duck’ (Old English dūce), either from a perceived resemblance (perhaps a waddling gait) or from association with wild fowling. Compare Duck , Drake .
English: from the Middle English personal name Duk or Duke. In northern England this is usually a pet form of Marmaduke. It may alternatively be a survival of one or more Old English personal names, though it is uncertain whether they were still current in the period of surname formation. Old English Ducc(a) is attested in placenames like Duxford (Cambridgeshire) and Duckington (Cheshire), and was perhaps interchangeable with Docc, attested in Doxey (Staffordshire) and Doxford (Northumberland). Duke could also represent Old English Deowuc (as in Deuxhill, Shropshire). A surname from Marmaduke is on record until at least 1881 and derives from the personal name Marmaduke, apparently an Anglo-Norman French pronunciation of Old Irish Maolmaedóc ‘devotee of Maedóc’; see Duckett .
Americanized form of Polish Duk: nickname from dukać ‘to stammer or falter’.