Duncan (surname)

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Duncan is a surname. For the etymology of the surname Duncan this web page cites: Dictionary of American Family Names. Another opinion is that the Gaelic Donnchadh is composed of the elements donn, meaning "brown"; and chadh, meaning "chief" or "noble".[1] In some cases when the surname originates in (Sligo) Ireland it is an Anglicised form of the Gaelic Ó Duinnchinn, meaning "descendant of Donncheann". The Gaelic Donncheann is a byname composed of the elements donn, meaning "brown-haired man" or "chieftain"; and ceann, meaning "head".[2] The surname Duncan is represented in Scottish Gaelic as MacDhonnchaidh.

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  1. ^ Hanks, Patrick; Hodges, Flavia (2006). Hardcastle, Kate, ed. Oxford Dictionary of Names (2nd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 81, 402. ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1. 
  2. ^ "Duncan Name Meaning and History". Ancestry.com. Retrieved 9 August 2009.  For the etymology of the surname Duncan this web page cites: Dictionary of American Family Names.