The name Dunnecan originated among the descendants of the ancient Pictish clans. It is derived from the Gaelic Donnchad, Duncha, Donnachadh
and others which literally means brown warrior.
Early Origins of the Dunnecan family
The surname Dunnecan 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 Dunnecan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dunnecan 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 Dunnecan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dunnecan Spelling Variations
During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations
of the name Dunnecan include Duncan, Dunecan, Dunkan, Junkan, Junkin, Duncans, Dunkans, Dunckane, Dunkane, Dunekan, Duncin, Duncen, Duncine, Junken and many more.
Early Notables of the Dunnecan 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 Dunnecan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dunnecan family to Ireland
Some of the Dunnecan 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 Dunnecan family to the New World and Oceana
Scots left their country by the thousands to travel to Australia
and North America. Desperate for freedom and an opportunity to fend for themselves, many paid huge fees and suffered under terrible conditions on long voyages. Still, for those who made the trip, freedom and opportunity awaited. In North America, many fought their old English oppressors in the American War of Independence
. In recent years, Scottish heritage has been an increasingly important topic, as Clan
societies and other organizations have renewed people's interest in their history. An examination of passenger and immigration lists shows many early settlers bearing the name of Dunnecan: 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 Dunnecan 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.