Origin of drakeMiddle English from West Germanic an unverified form drako, male, as in Old High German anutrehho, literally , duck-male
- a small cannon of the 17th and 18th cent.
- Obs. a dragon
Origin of drakeME, dragon from Old English draca from Classical Latin draco, dragon
Origin of drakeMiddle English
Origin of drakeMiddle English dragon from Old English draca from West Germanic drako from Latin dracō ; see dragon .
From Middle English drake (“male duck, drake”), from Old English *draca, abbreviated form for Old English *andraca (“male duck, drake”, literally “duck-king”), from Proto-Germanic *anudrekô (“duck leader”), from Proto-Germanic *anudz ("duck, ennet"; see ennet) + Proto-Germanic *rekô (“ruler, king”), from Proto-Indo-European *reǵ- (“chief, king”). Cognate with Middle Dutch andrake (“drake”), Middle Low German āntreke, āntdrāke, ("male duck, drake"; > Low German drake (“drake”)), Old High German anutrehho, antrache ("male duck, drake"; > German Enterich (“drake”)), Swabian Antrech (“drake”), German dialectal Drache (“drake”). More at ennet.
From Middle English drake (“dragon; Satan”), Old English draca (“dragon, sea monster, huge serpent”), from Proto-Germanic *drakô (“dragon”), from Latin dracō (“dragon”), from Ancient Greek δράκων (drakon, “serpent, giant seafish”), from δρακεῖν (drakein), aorist active infinitive of δέρκομαι (derkomai, “I see clearly”), from Proto-Indo-European *derk-. Compare Middle Dutch drake and German Drache.
- A surname, notably of Francis Drake (1540-1596).
- A male given name, transferred from the surname.
Originally a nickname from Old English Draca (“snake,dragon”) or Middle English drake (“male duck”).