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Duncan Family History

Duncan Name Meaning
Scottish and Irish (of Scottish origin): from the Gaelic personal name Donnchadh, composed of the elements donn ‘brown-haired man’ or ‘chieftain’ + a derivative of cath ‘battle’, Anglicized in Ireland as Donagh or Donaghue. Compare Donahue.Irish (Sligo): used as an Anglicized equivalent of Gaelic Ó Duinnchinn ‘descendant of Donncheann’, a byname composed of the elements donn ‘brown-haired man’ or ‘chieftain’ + ceann ‘head’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Duncan Families

  • Number of Duncan families
     500 - 997
     167 - 499
     1 - 166
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Duncan families
     462 - 921
     155 - 461
     1 - 154
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Duncan families
     1,535 - 3,068
     512 - 1,534
     1 - 511
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Duncan Family Origin

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Duncan Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Duncan

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Duncan Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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