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What does Duncan mean?

Duncan [dun-can] as a boys' name is pronounced DUN-kin. It is of Scottish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Duncan is "dark warrior; brown fighter".

A royal name in early Scotland. Literary: in Shakespeare's "Macbeth", Duncan is king of Scotland. Cabinet-maker Duncan Phyfe.

Associated with: scottish, gaelic, dark, brown, literary, maker (occupational).


Duncan has 2 variants: Dunc and Dunn.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Dencan, Doncan, ..

(female) Duncanna, Dundan, ..

How popular is Duncan?

Duncan is a somewhat prominent first name for men (#803 out of 1220, Top 66%) and an even more prominent surname for both adults and children (#203 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the birth name history of Duncan for boys. Duncan reached its highest position of #377 in the U.S. in the year 1997, and is at #797 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Duncan name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Duncan outside U.S.

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