Duck Coat of Arms
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Choose the design you like best, just your ancestors did when they painted these symbols on the shields they carried into battle and displayed in their homes. These coats of arms are real, historical works of art/culture dating back as far as 1100AD. Most of these designs were compiled and documented by genealogists and heraldists in large books published in the nineteenth century. These arms were owned by individuals who bore your surname, and were passed down through the generations from father to son, earning the monicker "family crest".
Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Duck Name
England, Ireland, Germany
Origins of Duck:
This unique and fascinating surname is of ancient Scottish origin and is a variation of the surname Doig, which itself is an Anglicized version of the ancient Gaelic word “MacGille Doig”, which means “son of the lover of Dog,” a shortened type of the saint’s name Cadog. St. Cadog was a 6th Century monk, and one of the most famous of the religious people of Wales. He was widely respected in South Wales and Brittany and considered to have toured Cornwall and Scotland. In the ancient Gaelic such names were commonly combined with the word “Mac”, son of, with “Gille” (Scottish) or “Giolla” (Irish), which means”servant or slave”, but used here in the alternative sense of “lover or devotee”. The surname is specifically spread widely in the nearest communities where Cadoc is honored, and ancient recordings consist of Alexander Dog, John Doge’s assistant in Qwchtyreleth, Bamff and Robert Dook, glessenwright (glazier), in Irvine (1681). In August 1746, the birth of Alexander, son of James Doak and Elizabeth McAllaster, is listed in Edinburgh church, Edinburgh, Midlothian.
More common variations are: Ducke, Dueck, Duyck, Ducki, Ducka, Ducko, Dauck, Duick, Douck, Duuck.
The origins of the surname Duck found in Norfolk where people held a family seat from early times and were donated estates by Duke William of Normandy, their real King, for their remarkable helper at the war of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
The very first recording spelling of the family was shown to be that of Alexander Doge, vicar of Dunnychtyne, dated about 1372, in the “holy register of Brechin”, Scotland. It was during the time of King Robert II of Scotland, dated 1371 – 1390. The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation. It came to be known as Poll Tax in England. Surnames all over the country began to develop, with unique and shocking spelling varieties of the original one.
Many people with surname Duck had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.
United States of America:
Individuals with the surname Duck settled in the United States in four different centuries respectively in 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th. Some of the people with the name Duck who settled in the United States in the 17th century included John Duck landed in New England in 1654. Ri Duck arrived in Virginia in 1666 and Susanna Duck came to Maryland in the same year 1666.
Some of the people with the surname Duck who settled in the United States in the 18th century included Eliza Duck and Mary Duck would eventually settle in Virginia respectively in the years 1701 and 1713.
The following century saw much more Duck surnames arrive. Some of the people with the name Duck who settled in the United States in the 19th century included Daniel Duck, Aron Duck and Cath Duck who arrived in New York, NY respectively in the years 1831, 1874 and 1875. Levi Duck landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 and Rollins-R Duck arrived in Allegany Division, Pennsylvania in 1844.
George Augustus Duck came to Alabama in 1918 during the 20th century.
Some of the people with the surname Duck who settled in Canada in the 19th century included Abraham, Cornelius, David, Duerk and Gehrhard Duck arrived in Manitoba in the same year in 1874.
Some of the people with the surname Duck who settled in Australia in the 19th century included Alfred Duck arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ships “Rajasthan” in the year 1838. David Duck at the age of 31 arrived in South Australia aboard the ship “Amazon” and Edwin Duck arrived in South Australia in the year 1857 aboard the ship “Lady Ann”.
Some of the people with the surname Duck who settled in New Zealand in the 19th century included John and his wife Emma Duck, John Duck, Eliza Duck, David Duck and Sarah Duck, all arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ships “ Borman, Birman and Ann Wilson” respectively in the years 1842 and 1857.
Here is the population distribution of the last name Duck: United States 5,399; England 1,177; Australia 1,177; Canada 632; South Africa 365; Germany 2,219; Taiwan 348; Mexico 733; Brazil 906; Vietnam 2,981.
Andrew J. Duck was an American politician.
Arthur Duck (1580–1648), was an English advocate and representative of Parliament.
Jacob Duck (1600–1667), was a Dutch painter and artist.
Jenny Duck (born 1968), was an ancient hockey player from New Zealand.
Nicholas Duck (1570–1628), was an English advocate.
Duck Coat of Arms Meaning
The three main devices (symbols) in the Duck blazon are the mullet, lion and falcon. The two main tinctures (colors) are or and gules.
The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.1Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27. Along with, argent, or silver it forms the two “metals” of heraldry – one of the guidelines of heraldic design is that silver objects should not be placed upon gold fields and vice versa 2A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85. The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo.3Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53.
Red in heraldry is given the name Gules, sometimes said to be the “martyr’s colour”4The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. The colour is also associated with Mars, the red planet, and the zodiacal sign Aries 5Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. Later heralds of a more poetical nature would sometimes refer to the colour as ruby, after the precious stone.6A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P77.
The heraldic mullet, not to be confused with the fish of that name, is shown as a regular, five pointed star. This was originally, not an astronomical object, but represented the spur on a horseman’s boot, especially when peirced, with a small circular hole in the centre it represents a type of spur known as a “rowel” 7Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 97. A clear example can be found in the arms of Harpendene, argent, a mullet pierced gules. The ancient writer Guillim associated such spurs in gold as belonging to the Knight, and the silver to their esquires 8A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, P107. In later years, Wade linked this five pointed star with the true celestial object, the estoile and termed it a “falling star”, symbolising a “divine quality bestowed from above” 9The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P105.
The art of heraldry would be significantly poorer if we were without the lion in all its forms. Most general works on Heraldry devote at least one chapter solely to this magnificent creature and its multifarious depictions 10A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P172 11Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 63 12Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P140. Some of the earliest known examples of heraldry, dating right back to the knighting of Geoffrey of Anjou in 1127, where he is shown with six such beasts upon his shield 13A Treatise on Heraldry, J. Woodward, W & A.K Johnston, Edinburgh & London, 1896, P45 .The great authority on heraldic symbology, Wade, points out the high place that the lion holds in heraldry, “as the emblem of deathless courage” 14The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P60, a sentiment echoed equally today.
Birds of great variety occur throughout heraldry, at least in name 15A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P233. The falcon is a bird long associated with hunting and we need look no further than a liking for this pursuit for its presence on many early coats of arms. 16A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Falcon We also find many of the accessories used in falconry depicted on arms, and a surprising number of terms from the art of falconry have found use in modern English idioms and the interested reader is recommended to search out the origins of the phrases hoodwinked and “cadging” a lift.