from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Drake, Sir Francis 1540?-1596. English naval hero and explorer who was the first Englishman to circumnavigate the world (1577-1580) and was vice admiral of the fleet that destroyed the Spanish Armada (1588).
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- proper n. A surname, notably of Francis Drake (1540-1596).
- proper n. A male given name, transferred from the surname.
Originally a nickname from Old English Draca ("snake,dragon") or Middle English drake ("male duck"). (Wiktionary)