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Duncan Surname History



The age-old Pictish-Scottish family name Duncan is derived from the Gaelic Donnchad, Duncha, Donnachadh and others which literally means brown warrior.


Early Origins of the Duncan family


The surname Duncan was first found in Forfarshire part of the Tayside region of North Eastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, where the Clan has a long and distinguished history dating back to before 1000 AD. They claim descent from Dunchad, the 11th Abbott of Iona who died in 717. He was also the progenitor of the Robertsons. On their maternal side, they are related to King Duncan of Scotland who was killed by MacBeth. The Robertsons or Clan Donnachaidh derive their name and ancestry from Fat Duncan (Donnchadh Reamhar) who was chief of the Clan at the time of Robert the Bruce and led the clan at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.

Early History of the Duncan family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Duncan research.
Another 76 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1451, 1703, 1745, 1649, 1735, 1731, 1804, 1800 and are included under the topic Early Duncan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Duncan Spelling Variations


In the Middle ages, spelling and translation were not yet regulated by any general rules. spelling variations in names were common even among members of one family unit. Duncan has appeared Duncan, Dunecan, Dunkan, Junkan, Junkin, Duncans, Dunkans, Dunckane, Dunkane, Dunekan, Duncin, Duncen, Duncine, Junken and many more.

Early Notables of the Duncan family (pre 1700)


Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Daniel Duncan (1649-1735) French-born, Scottish physician, Huguenot by religion, known as a writer of iatrochemical works; and Adam Duncan (1731-1804), who entered the Royal Navy...
Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Duncan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Duncan family to Ireland


Some of the Duncan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 71 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Duncan family to the New World and Oceana


Faced by this persecution and the generally unstable political climate of those days, many Scots chose to leave their homeland for Ireland, Australia, and North America in search of greater opportunity and freedom. The colonies across the Atlantic were the most popular choice, but a passage there was neither cheap nor easily suffered. Passengers arrived sick and poor, but those who made it intact often found land and more tolerant societies in which to live. These brave settlers formed the backbone of the burgeoning nations of Canada and the United States. It is only this century that the ancestors of these families have begun to recover their collective identity through the patriotic highland games and Clan societies that have sprung up throughout North America. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Duncan:

Duncan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Nathanial Duncan, who settled in Nantasket in 1630 with Peter his brother
  • Nathaniel Duncan, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1635 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Duncan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ester Duncan, who landed in Virginia in 1700 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • John Duncan, who settled in New Hampshire in 1716
  • David Duncan who settled in New Hampshire in 1718
  • George Duncan, who settled in Georgia in 1737
  • Isaac Duncan, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1767 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Duncan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Duncan, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803-1827 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Thomas Duncan, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Margaret Duncan, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Daniel Duncan, aged 28, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Alexander Duncan, who landed in America in 1820 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Duncan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • William Duncan, who landed in Arkansas in 1904 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Duncan Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Duncan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • John Duncan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Martha Duncan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Rebecka Duncan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • David Duncan, who migrated from Aberdeen to New Brunswick in 1773
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Duncan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • David Duncan from Fife to Ontario in 1815
  • Thomas Duncan, aged 40, a labourer, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1815
  • Isobel Duncan, aged 9, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1815
  • Thomas Duncan, aged 5, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1815
  • Donald Duncan, aged 2, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1815
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Duncan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Forbes Duncan, Scottish convict from Aberdeen, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  • George Duncan, Scottish convict from Perth, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1826
  • John Duncan, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  • John Duncan a seaman, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Rapid" in 1836 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAPID 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Rapid.htm
  • James Duncan, who arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The PESTONJEE BOMANJEE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PestonjeeBomanjee.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Duncan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • A Duncan, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship "Royal Merchant"
  • J Duncan, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship "Royal Merchant"
  • M. J. Duncan, who landed in Otago, New Zealand in 1840
  • Andrew Duncan, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
  • John Duncan, aged 2, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Duncan (post 1700)


  • Carmen Joan Duncan (1942-2019), Australian AFI Award nominated actress and activist, known her role as Iris Wheeler on the American soap opera Another World from 1988 to 1994
  • David Douglas Duncan (1916-2018), American photojournalist who is best known for his dramatic combat photographs from Kansas City, Missouri; he lived to be 102 years old
  • Patrick Sheane Duncan (b. 1947), American writer, film producer and director
  • Hearst Randolph "Randy" Duncan Jr. (1937-2016), American AFL and CFL football quarterback and lawyer, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame
  • Lois Duncan Steinmetz (1934-2016), known as Lois Duncan, an American writer of children's books, she received the 1992 Margaret Edwards Award from the American Library Association for her contribution in writing for teens
  • Donnie Duncan (1940-2016), American football coach and college athletics administrator, 26th head football coach for the Iowa State University Cyclones (1979-1982)
  • John Bowman Duncan (1923-2016), American actor, best known for his role as "Robin" in the 1949 serial Batman and Robin and for his roles in The East Side Kids, The Bowery Boys Mystery of the 13th Guest
  • Raymond Twomey "Ray" Duncan (1930-2015), American entrepreneur and vintner, co-founder of Silver Oak Cellars in 1972, inducted into the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in 2006
  • Michael Clarke Duncan (1957-2012), American Academy Award and a Golden Globe nominated actor, best known for his role as John Coffey in The Green Mile
  • Brigadier-General Early Edward Walters Duncan (1894-1966), American Commanding General Iceland Base Command (1944-1953) [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, January 24) Early Duncan. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Duncan/Early_Edward_Walters/USA.html
  • ... (Another 168 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Duncan family



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. James Duncan (1873-1914), English First Class Passenger from London, England, United Kingdom who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Emmanuel Robert Thomas Duncan (1918-1941), Australian Supply Assistant from South Preston, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Daniel Duncan, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [10]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  • Mr. Samuel George Duncan (1923-1943), Irish Marine from Stewartstown, County Tyrone, Ireland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking, died whilst a Prisoner of War in 1943 [10]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html

HMS Royal Oak

  • Henry Duncan, British Lieutenant with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [11]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Alexander Duncan, English Junior 2nd Engineer from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [12]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 10) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  • Mr. Peter Robinson Duncan, English Senior 4th Engineer from Walton, Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [12]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 10) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  • Miss Christina Campbell Duncan, English Stewardess from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [12]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 10) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  • Mr. Robert Henry Duncan, English First Senior 3rd Engineer from Walton, Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [12]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 10) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  • Mrs. Duncan, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Montréal, Quebec, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [13]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  • ... (Another 2 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

USS Arizona

  • Mr. Henry B. Duncan, American Fire Control man Third Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [14]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
  • Mr. Tommie W. Duncan, American Boatswain's Mate Second Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [14]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html

Suggested Readings for the name Duncan


  • Brown-Duncan and Associated Families: Kittery, Maine, Piscataqua and New Castle, N.H. by Hazel May Standeven.
  • The Duncan Family: Memories and More by B.J. Rone.

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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Duncan
Docan, Docand, Docane, Docant, Docen, Docend, Docent, Docind, Docint, Docyn, Docynd, Dokan, Dokand, Dokane, Dokant, Doken, Dokend, Dokent, Dokind, Dokint, Dokyn, Dokynd, Duncan, Duncand, Duncane, Duncannon, Duncanon, Duncans, Duncanson, Duncant, Duncason, Duncen, Duncend, Duncent, Dunceson, Dunchad, Duncin, Duncind, Duncine, Duncing, Duncink, Duncinson, Duncint, Dunckan, Dunckand, Dunckane, Dunckans, Dunckant, Duncken, Dunckend and more.

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  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1826
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAPID 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Rapid.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The PESTONJEE BOMANJEE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PestonjeeBomanjee.htm
  7. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, January 24) Early Duncan. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Duncan/Early_Edward_Walters/USA.html
  8. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  9. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  10. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  11. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  12. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 10) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  13. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  14. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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