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Origin and Meaning of Duchess

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African Dutch (Afrikaans)

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Duch"ess
The wife or widow of a duke; also, a lady who has the sovereignty of a duchy in her own right.

Etymology: F. duchesse, fr. duc duke

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The wife of a duke or a woman holding ducal title in her own right

From Old French duchesse

  1. The female spouse or widow of a duke.
  2. The female ruler of a duchy (where women can reign).

Notable Persons Named Duchess

Notable Persons Named Duchess

Duchess of Argyll Margaret

Duchess was given the name Ethel Margaret Whigham on December 1st, 1912 in Newton Mearns. She passed away on July 25th, 1993.

Duchess Cecilie

Duchess Cecilie was royalty. She holds the title German Crown Princess and Crown Princess of Prussia. Duchess was born as the child of Frederick Francis III, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, and Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia on September 20th, 1886 in Schwerin. She died on May 6th, 1954.


Duchess is a fictional character.

Duchess of Feria Jane Dormer

Duchess was born as the child of William Dormer on January 6th, 1538 in Eythrope, Buckinghamshire. She died on January 13th, 1612.

Duchess Marie

She holds the title Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia. Duchess was born as the child of Frederick Francis II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, and Princess Augusta Reuss of Köstritz on May 14th, 1854 in Schloss Ludwigslust, Ludwigslust, Germany. She died on September 6th, 1920.

Duchess Helene in Bavaria

She holds the title Hereditary Princess of Thurn and Taxis. Duchess was born as the child of Duke Maximilian Joseph in Bavaria and Princess Ludovika of Bavaria on April 4th, 1834 in Munich. She passed away on May 16th, 1890.

  • Duchess of Norfolk Elizabeth Stafford
  • Duchess of Manchester Consuelo Montagu
  • Duchess Marie Eleonore
  • Duchess Sophia Charlotte
  • Duchess Marie Elisabeth of Saxony
  • Duchess Alexandra
  • Duchess Elsa of Württemberg
  • Duchess Marie of Mecklenburg
  • Duchess Maria Dorothea
  • Duchess of Rutland Violet Manners
  • Duchess of Gordon Jane Gordon
  • Duchess Louise Charlotte
  • Duchess of Lorraine Yolande
  • Duchess Amalie in Bavaria

Notable Persons With the Last Name Duchess

Notable Persons With the Last Name Duchess


Duchess is a fictional character.


Fun Facts about the name Duchess

  • How Popular is the name Duchess? Duchess is the 30,469th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Duchess have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 164 babies born with the first name Duchess in the United States. That's more than enough people named Duchess to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Duchess? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1964 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Duchess first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Duchess is Friday, December 25th, 1891.
  • What year had the most people named Duchess born? The highest recorded use of the first name Duchess was in 2014 with a total of 14 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Duchess: The name spelled backwards is Ssehcud. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Ehscusd. How do you pronounce that?
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