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.