Meaning and Origin of: Ducat

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : occupational name for a moneylender or minter or a nickname for a rich man, from Old French ducat (Italian ducato), name of a gold coin. This was spelled duket in Middle English; Ducat is a ‘restored’ form. It has been confused with Duckett.
  • Scottish : probably a variant of Duguid.
  • French : patronymic from the nickname Cat, from a dialect variant of chat ‘cat’.
  • Variant spelling of German and Jewish Dukat, cognate with 1.