The ancestors of the first family to use the name Dunken lived among the Pictish people of ancient Scotland
. The name Dunken is derived from the Gaelic Donnchad, Duncha, Donnachadh
and others which literally means brown warrior.
Early Origins of the Dunken family
The surname Dunken 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 Dunken family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dunken 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 Dunken History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dunken Spelling Variations
The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations
of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Dunken has been spelled Duncan, Dunecan, Dunkan, Junkan, Junkin, Duncans, Dunkans, Dunckane, Dunkane, Dunekan, Duncin, Duncen, Duncine, Junken and many more.
Early Notables of the Dunken 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 Dunken Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dunken family to Ireland
Some of the Dunken 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 Dunken family to the New World and Oceana
This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence
. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name Dunken: David Duncan who settled in New Hampshire
in 1718; George Duncan settled in Georgia in 1737; John Duncan settled in New Hampshire
in 1716; Nathanial Duncan settled in Nantasket in 1630.