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Gender: Masculine
: English, Scottish
Duncan is the Anglicized form a Gaelic name, meaning “Brown Haired,” from “dunn” (brown, dark) and “chadh” (head).

Duncan is a Scottish name, the name of two early kings of Scotland, and it was traditionally found mostly in Scotland. Although Duncan has not enjoyed the popularity in England and the United States that other Scottish names have had, it seems to have been getting more popular in the 20th century.

Pronunciation: dun-can.

Alternates: Donecan.
Irish Gaelic: Donncha.
Latin: Duncanus.
Scottish Gaelic: Donnchadh.

Famous Bearers:
Artists and Authors:
Duncan Campbell Scott (1862-1947)
Canadian poet.
Duncan Grant
Scottish painter.

Duncan Phyfe (1768-1854)
Scottish-American cabinetmaker.
Duncan Hines (1880-1959)
American publisher.
Duncan Clinch Phillips (1886-1966)
American museum founder.

Political Figures:
Duncan Forbes (1685-1757)
Scottish statesman.
Duncan Edwin Sandys, Baron Duncan-Sandys (1908-1987)
British statesman.

Duncan I (1001-1040)
Scottish king. Killed by Macbeth.
Duncan II (1060-1094)
Scottish king.

Singers and Entertainers:
(John) Duncan Macrae (1905-1967)
British actor.

Percentage from the 1990 U.S. Census:
0.007 % named Duncan

Popularity of Duncan
Popularity (for newborns)
In the United States...
1900-1910: 702nd most popular.
1910-1920: 745th most popular.
1920-1930: 895th most popular.
1930-1940: 719th most popular.
1940-1950: 616th most popular.
1950-1960: 586th most popular.
1960-1970: 713th most popular.
1970-1980: 978th most popular.
1980-1990: 776th most popular.
1990: 761st most popular.
1991: 682nd most popular.
1992: 652nd most popular.
1993: 575th most popular.
1994: 526th most popular.
1995: 484th most popular.
1996: 450th most popular.
1997: 385th most popular.
1998: 384th most popular.
1999: 416th most popular.
2000: 455th most popular.
2001: 479th most popular.
2002: 496th most popular.
2003: 547th most popular.

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