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Updike is a surname of Dutch origin, and is a spelling variant of the Dutch Opdijk, a topographical name meaning someone who lived on a dike.[1] The surname has been present in North America since the settlement of New Netherland in the 17th century. Updike used to be spelled as Updyke and many other ways, but is now most commonly spelled as Updike.

People with the surname Updike or Updyke include:


  1. ^ "Dictionary of American Family Names". Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-508137-4. Retrieved 2011-06-04.

See also[edit]

  • Junius Marcellus Updyke Farm, Virginia, on the National Register of Historic Places
  • The Algerine Captive: or the Life and Adventures of Doctor Updike Underhill: Six Years a Prisoner among the Algerines, one of the first American novels, published in 1797