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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Duncan

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  • A submission from Texas, United States says the name Duncan means "Dark Skinned Warrior" and is of Scottish origin.

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  1. United States dancer and pioneer of modern dance (1878-1927)
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Anglicized from Scottish Gaelic Donnchadh, from donn (“brown”) + chadh (“chief, noble”)

  1. A male given name; the name of two early saints and of two kings of Scotland.
  2. A surname​.
  3. Several places in the U.S.A. and one in Canada.

Notable Persons Named Duncan

Duncan Jones is a film director, film producer, and screenwriter. He was most prominent from 2002 to present. Duncan was given the name Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones by his parents David Bowie and Angie Bowie on May 30th, 1971 in Bromley, London, England, United Kingdom.

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Duncan Edwards was a soccer player for the Manchester United F.C., English Schools' Football Association, England national under-21 football team, and England national football B team. Duncan was born on October 1st, 1936 in Dudley, Worcestershire, England. He died on February 21st, 1958.

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Duncan Bannatyne is an entrepreneurship, investor, television presenter, and entrepreneur. Duncan was born on February 2nd, 1949 in Clydebank.

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Duncan James is a pop rock and contemporary r&b musician. He has been prominent since 2000. Duncan was given the name Duncan Matthew James Inglis on April 7th, 1978.

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Duncan I was royalty. His career lasted from 1034 to 1040. He left this life on August 14th, 1040.

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Duncan Campbell is a reggae musician. He was most active from 2008 to present. Duncan was born Duncan Campbell on June 3rd, 1958 in Birmingham, West Midlands, England.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Duncan

Michael Clarke Duncan was an actor. He was most active from 1995 to 2012. Michael was born on December 10th, 1957 in Chicago. He left this life on September 3rd, 2012.

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Tim Duncan is a basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs in the National Basketball Association. He was most active from 1997 to present. Tim was born on April 25th, 1976 in Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Lindsay Duncan is an actress. She was most active from 1975 to present. Lindsay was given the name Lindsay Vere Duncan on November 7th, 1950 in Edinburgh.

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Isadora Duncan was an artist in the fields of dance and choreography. Isadora was given the name Angela Isadora Duncan on May 26th, 1877 in San Francisco, California, United States. She left this life on September 14th, 1927.

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Arne Duncan is a Superintendent of Chicago Public Schools, 9th United States Secretary of Education, and Superintendent ofChicago Public Schools. Arne was born on November 6th, 1964 in Chicago.

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Sandy Duncan is an actress, singer, dancer, and comedian. She was most active from 1958 to present. Sandy was given the name Sandra Kay Duncan on February 20th, 1946 in Henderson, Texas, US.

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How popular is the baby name Duncan in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 12 0 12
1881 12 0 12
1882 12 0 12
1883 18 0 18
1884 10 0 10
1885 14 0 14
1886 12 0 12
1887 18 0 18
1888 15 0 15
1889 16 0 16
1890 9 0 9
1891 10 0 10
1892 19 0 19
1893 10 0 10
1894 10 0 10
1895 14 0 14
1896 14 0 14
1897 8 0 8
1898 13 0 13
1899 10 0 10
1900 17 0 17
1901 7 0 7
1902 11 0 11
1903 16 0 16
1904 16 0 16
1905 12 0 12
1906 11 0 11
1907 12 0 12
1908 14 0 14
1910 14 0 14
1911 25 0 25
1912 46 0 46
1913 47 0 47
1914 53 0 53
1915 70 0 70
1916 66 0 66
1917 68 0 68
1918 81 0 81
1919 72 0 72
1920 86 0 86
1921 75 0 75
1922 82 0 82
1923 72 0 72
1924 77 0 77
1925 86 0 86
1926 72 0 72
1927 57 0 57
1928 89 0 89
1929 71 0 71
1930 67 0 67
1931 64 0 64
1932 66 0 66
1933 61 0 61
1934 53 0 53
1935 67 0 67
1936 68 0 68
1937 71 0 71
1938 69 0 69
1939 67 0 67
1940 87 0 87
1941 101 0 101
1942 117 0 117
1943 106 0 106
1944 102 0 102
1945 114 0 114
1946 120 0 120
1947 158 0 158
1948 133 0 133
1949 141 0 141
1950 133 0 133
1951 138 0 138
1952 141 0 141
1953 149 0 149
1954 157 0 157
1955 145 0 145
1956 177 0 177
1957 209 0 209
1958 282 0 282
1959 254 0 254
1960 173 0 173
1961 145 0 145
1962 142 0 142
1963 263 0 263
1964 155 0 155
1965 126 0 126
1966 107 0 107
1967 84 0 84
1968 99 0 99
1969 97 0 97
1970 134 0 134
1971 96 0 96
1972 87 0 87
1973 122 0 122
1974 86 0 86
1975 84 0 84
1976 84 0 84
1977 77 0 77
1978 86 0 86
1979 84 0 84
1980 98 0 98
1981 85 0 85
1982 94 0 94
1983 131 0 131
1984 135 0 135
1985 165 0 165
1986 162 0 162
1987 163 0 163
1988 169 0 169
1989 208 0 208
1990 190 0 190
1991 234 0 234
1992 260 0 260
1993 326 0 326
1994 388 0 388
1995 456 0 456
1996 511 6 505
1997 644 0 644
1998 641 0 641
1999 576 0 576
2000 530 0 530
2001 500 0 500
2002 472 0 472
2003 421 0 421
2004 402 0 402
2005 359 0 359
2006 351 0 351
2007 288 0 288
2008 323 0 323
2009 318 0 318
2010 329 0 329
2011 275 0 275
2012 263 0 263
2013 262 0 262
2014 287 0 287
2015 298 5 293
2016 286 0 286
2017 250 0 250

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Popularity of Duncan as a first name

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Popularity of Duncan as a last name

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Common last names for Duncan

  • Smith
  • Campbell
  • Macdonald
  • Mcdonald
  • Stewart
  • Mclean
  • Brown
  • Mackenzie
  • Robertson
  • Mcleod
  • Fraser
  • Macleod
  • Mcrae
  • Miller

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Duncan U.S.
  White 76.39% 64.26%
  African American 17.33% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.52% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.99% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.21% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.55% 16.26%

Of Last Name Duncan

People with the last name Duncan are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Duncan

  • How Popular is the name Duncan? Duncan is the 1,699th most popular name of all time. As a last name Duncan was the 212th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Duncan have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 19,479 babies born with the first name Duncan in the United States. That's more than enough people named Duncan to occupy the territory of Cook Islands (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 17,791 (as of December 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Duncan? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 12 new born babies.
  • When was Duncan first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Duncan is Saturday, December 14th, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Duncan born? The highest recorded use of the first name Duncan was in 1997 with a total of 644 babies.
  • Random Duncan Factoid: According to the 1940 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Duncan ranks 93rd in popularity as a baby boy's name in Rhode Island. Imagine that, 7 babies in Rhode Island have the same name as you in 1940.
  • Weird things about the name Duncan: Your name in reverse order is Nacnud. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ncudna. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Duncan? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 135,187 people with the last name Duncan.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Duncan? Duncan was ranked as the 212th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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