Origin of the name TYKE.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name TYKE.
later form of Old Danish Toke
(q.v.), possibly meaning "the mad" or "the
raging." Also spelled Tyge.
(History of Christian
Names, Yonge, 1884). But see Ellwood's note below.
Tike or Tyke. A dog; an
unruly fellow. Icel. tík, Sw. tík. There is
a tradition that a Curwen of Workington Hall shot a Howard of Corby in a
duel on Carlisle Sands, during an assize meeting, for offensively using
the word "tyle" to him. Tyke is a trickster,
especially in dealings in horses, and in this acceptation the word
seems, like the character which it represents, to have come to us from
Yorkshire. What tyke means in that county, and hence often
in Lakeland also, may be made evident from the following description of
"A Yorkshire Tyke." "Bane
ta Clapham town gate, liv'd an owd Yorksher tike / Who i dealing i
horseflesh had ne'er met his like, / Twor his pride that ive au the hard
bargains hede hit, / Hede bit a girt monny, bud nivver been
bit." Nidderdale Almanac, 1873. (Lakeland and
Iceland: A Glossary of Words in the Dialect of Cumberland, Westmorland
and North Lancashire, Ellwood, 1895).