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Gender: M Meaning of Duncan: "dark warrior" Origin of Duncan: Scottish Duncan's Popularity in 2012: #835

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Duncan is jaunty, confident, and open, a Scottish royal name that's brimming with friendly charm and makes it into our golden circle of names that are neither too popular nor too strange. Duncan has been a stalwart mid-list name, now at Number 799.

From a surname based on a clan name, Duncan was the name of a Scottish saint and two early Kings of the Scots. The beneficent Duncan I, who lived in the eleventh century, was immortalized in Shakespeare's Macbeth.

The brave and handsome Major Duncan Heyward is one of the main characters in James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans. Other cultural references include Duncan Idaho, the only character to appear in all of Frank Herbert's Dune novels, Duncan MacLeod, the immortal protagonist of "Highlander," one of Garp's sons in "The World According to Garp," and singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik.

David Bowie's son Zowie changed his name first to Joey and then finally to Duncan.

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Famous People Named Duncan

Duncan Hunter, American politician
Duncan Sheik, American singer
Duncan Bannatyne, Scottish entrepreneur, philanthropist and author
Duncan Jones, British Singer David Bowie's son
Duncan James, member of British boyband Blue
Duncan Keith, Canadian hockey player

Pop Culture References for the Name Duncan

Duncan, character in the play Macbeth
Duncan, a donut character in the movie "Wreck-it Ralph"; a pun of Dunkin' Donuts
Duncan Hines, American food brand (named after a man of the same name)
Duncan Quagmire, triplet brother of Isadora and Quigley from "A Series of Unfortunate Events"
Duncan Fletcher, main character in the Disney Channel Original Movie "My Date with the President's Daughter"
Duncan, from the movie "The Way, Way Back"
Duncan, a character from the video game 'Dragon Age: Origins'

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