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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


Similar surnames: Dunn, Donnan, Dungan, Dinan, Dunkin, Dugan, Dundas, Dunman, Duggan

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Where is the Duncan family from?

You can see how Duncan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Duncan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Duncan families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 179 Duncan families living in Kentucky. This was about 12% of all the recorded Duncan's in the USA. Kentucky had the highest population of Duncan families in 1840.
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What did your Duncan ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Duncan. 17% of Duncan men worked as a Farmer and 6% of Duncan women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Duncan were Truck Driver and Housekeeper.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    17%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 129,000 immigration records available for the last name Duncan. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 150,000 military records available for the last name Duncan. For the veterans among your Duncan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Duncan lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Duncan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Duncan in 1940 was 39, and 74 in 2004.

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