OLD ENGLISH *DUCEMANN
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The first element of the place-name Duckmanton in Derbyshire is an Old English personal-name *Ducemann which is not otherwise attested in literary or toponymic sources. Previous suggestions are that the name derives either from an OE *du-ce-mann “man who keeps ducks” or from an OE *Ducc(a)-mann “*Duc(c)a's man”. An analysis of the recorded meanings of OE mann supports the latter interpretation. A third possibility, that the name may derive from an early form of the Middle English compound Du-che-man “a German”, is raised here for the first time.
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