Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. DUNG-kən(English)
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Meaning & History

Anglicized form of the Scottish Gaelic name Donnchadh, derived from Old Irish donn "brown" and cath "battle". This was the name of two kings of Scotland, including the one who was featured in Shakespeare's play Macbeth (1606).

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VariantDonnchadh(Scottish Gaelic)
Other Languages & CulturesDonagh, Donnacha, Donncha, Donnchadh(Irish) Donnchad(Old Irish)
Surname DescendantsDuncan, Duncanson(Scottish)

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King Duncan as portrayed by Nicholas Selby in a 1971 filmKing Duncan as portrayed by Nicholas Selby in a 1971 film

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Entry updated January 21, 2022