Duncan

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Anglicized from Scottish Gaelic Donnchadh, from donn (brown) + chadh (chief, noble)

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Duncan

  1. A male given name; the name of two early saints and of two kings of Scotland.
    • c. 1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene i]:
      For them the gracious Duncan I have murder'd
    • 2011 Sophie Hannah, Lasting Damage, Hodder & Stoughton, →ISBN, pages 77-78:
      His full name is Benji Duncan Geoffrey Rigby-Monk. 'You're joking,' Kit said, when I first told him. 'Benji? Not even Benjamin?' Duncan and Geoffrey are his two granddads'names ― both unglamorous and old-dufferish, in Kit's view, and not worth inflicting on a new generation ― and Rigby-Monk is a fusion of Fran's surname and Anton's.
  2. A surname​.
  3. Several places in the U.S.A. and one in Canada.
    1. An unincorporated community in Georgetown Township, Floyd County, Indiana.
    2. A city in Oklahoma, USA, and the county seat of Stephens County.

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