Explore the Family Name Duckett

The meaning of Duckett

English (Lancashire and Yorkshire): from the Middle English personal name Duket. This may sometimes have been an early Middle English pet form of an Old English Ducc(a), but was more often a pet form of Marmaduke, especially in Yorkshire (see Duke). Marmaduke itself is from Irish Maol Maedóc ‘servant of Maedóc’, Maedóc being the name of prominent Irish saints of the 6th and 7th centuries.

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How common is the last name Duckett in the United States?

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census, the popularity of the surname Duckett has seen a slight increase between 2000 and 2010. Specifically, its ranking rose from 4944 to 4794, which is a 3.03% change in popularity over that decade. The number of individuals with this surname also increased by 13.04% during the same period, moving from a count of 6524 in 2000 to 7375 in 2010. This rise is further reflected in the proportion per 100k people, which went up by 3.31%, from 2.42 to 2.5.

Proportion per 100k2.422.53.31%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Duckett

In terms of ethnic identity, the distribution of the Duckett surname experienced some shifts based on data from the Decennial U.S. Census. The largest increase was observed within the Hispanic community, where usage rose by an impressive 85.12%. There was also a modest increase among those identifying with two or more races, with a 9.84% change over the decade. In contrast, all other ethnicities noted a decrease in the use of the Duckett surname. The biggest drop was recorded within the American Indian and Alaskan Native group (-15.91%), followed by the Asian/Pacific Islander group (-10.53%). Lastly, there was a minor decline among those of White and Black ethnic identities, with changes of -1.18% and -1.05% respectively.

Two or More Races1.93%2.12%9.84%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.44%0.37%-15.91%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.38%0.34%-10.53%

Duckett ancestry composition

23andMe computes an ancestry breakdown for each customer. People may have ancestry from just one population or they may have ancestry from several populations. The most commonly-observed ancestry found in people with the surname Duckett is British & Irish, which comprises 56.5% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (21.5%) and Nigerian (4.5%). Additional ancestries include Scandinavian, Ghanaian, Liberian & Sierra Leonean, Eastern European, Spanish & Portuguese, and Angolan & Congolese.

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British & Irish56.5%
French & German21.5%

Possible origins of the surname Duckett

Your DNA provides clues about where your recent ancestors may have lived. Having many distant relatives in the same location suggests that you may all share common ancestry there. Locations with many distant relatives can also be places where people have migrated recently, such as large cities. If a large number of individuals who share your surname have distant relatives in a specific area, it could indicate a connection between your surname and that location, stemming from either recent ancestral ties or migration.

Based on 23andMe data, people with last name Duckett have recent ancestry locations all within United Kingdom.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
South Yorkshire, United Kingdom84.20%
Merseyside, United Kingdom84.20%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom84.20%
Greater London, United Kingdom84.20%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom84.20%

What Duckett haplogroups can tell you

Haplogroups are genetic population groups that share a common ancestor on either your paternal or maternal line. These paternal and maternal haplogroups shed light on your genetic ancestry and help tell the story of your family.

The top paternal haplogroup of people with the surname Duckett is R-Z30, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-Z30 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-CTS241 and I-M170, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Mosby, Wickham, Mize, Beecher, Cosby, Rohrer, Torrey, Brockman, Pease, Moulton.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Duckett surname are: N, H, H1. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

duckettPaternal Haplogroup Origins R-M343
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Your paternal lineage may be linked to King Louis XVI

The rule of France by men of the House of Bourbon began with King Henri IV in 1589 C.E. and continued until the beheading of his direct paternal descendant King Louis XVI in 1793. Several years ago, researchers analyzed a mummified head and a blood-soaked cloth that they believed might belong to the two kings, and concluded that the royal paternal line belonged to haplogroup G. In a more recent study, however, a different set of researchers tested three living men who are direct descendants of the Bourbon kings. Their efforts revealed that the male lineage of the House of Bourbon is actually a branch of haplogroup R-M405.

Your maternal lineage may be linked to Marie Antoinette

Because it is so dominant in the general European population, haplogroup H also appears quite frequently in the continent's royal houses. Marie Antoinette, an Austrian Hapsburg who married into the French royal family, inherited the haplogroup from her maternal ancestors. So did Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, whose recorded genealogy traces his female line to Bavaria. Scientists also discovered that famed 16th century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus traced his maternal lineages to haplogroup H.

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What do people with the surname Duckett have in common?

Spoiler alert: it's complicated. People with the same last name are usually no more genetically similar than a randomly sampled group of people from the same population. That said, people with the same surname are more likely to have similar ancestries than randomly sampled individuals. The reason is the tendency of people with similar cultural or geographical backgrounds to preferentially mate with one another. That's why people who share a surname may be more likely to share traits and tendencies in common than people within the general population. Check out the percentages below to see the prevalences of tastes, habits, and traits of people with your surname compared with prevalences among 23andMe users.



Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Duckett" Surname 34.8%

23andMe Users 41.3%




When sounds made by others, like the sound of chewing or yawning, provoke strong emotional reactions in an individual.

"Duckett" Surname 25.6%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Duckett" Surname 26.6%

23andMe Users 21.1%




A severe headache characterized by intense pain, sensitivity to light and sound, and often accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

"Duckett" Surname 18.2%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Duckett?

The short answer is that, if there is an association between surname and health, it's usually more about your ancestry than your name. Individuals with a given surname are no more genetically similar than the general population but often have similar ancestries. The populations of people associated with those shared ancestries often have sets of genetic variations, also known as alleles, in common. Some of those alleles are associated with a greater likelihood of developing certain diseases.

Disease variant frequency by ancestry

Disease allele frequencies in populations associated with the surname Duckett are shown below. Important Note: not everyone with a disease allele will develop these health condition

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Y402H variant

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss among older adults. The disease results in damage to the central part of the retina (the macula), impairing vision needed for reading, driving, or even recognizing faces. The 23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA test includes the two most common variants associated with an increased risk of developing the condition: the Y402H variant in the CFH gene and the A69S variant in the ARMS2 gene. Learn more about Age-Related Macular Degeneration

British & Irish 62.1%

23andMe Users 57.2%