The saga of the Docan family name begins among the people of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts
. The Docan name is derived from the Gaelic Donnchad, Duncha, Donnachadh
and others which literally means brown warrior.
Early Origins of the Docan family
The surname Docan 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 Docan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Docan research.Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1451, 1703, 1745, 1649, 1735, 1731, 1804, 1800 and are included under the topic Early Docan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Docan Spelling Variations
Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations
with single names. Docan has appeared Duncan, Dunecan, Dunkan, Junkan, Junkin, Duncans, Dunkans, Dunckane, Dunkane, Dunekan, Duncin, Duncen, Duncine, Junken and many more.
Early Notables of the Docan 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 Docan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Docan family to Ireland
Some of the Docan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 129 words (9 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 Docan family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland
, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence
. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan
societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Docan: 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.
The Docan Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Disce pati
Motto Translation: Learn to suffer.