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Gender: M Meaning of Duncan: "dark warrior" Origin of Duncan: Scottish Duncan's Popularity in 2015: #793

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 793—up just 6 slots from last year.

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.

Famous People Named Duncan

Duncan Hunter, American politician
Duncan Sheik, American singer
Duncan Bannatyne, Scottish entrepreneur, philanthropist, and author
Duncan James, member of British boyband Blue
Duncan Keith, Canadian hockey player
Duncan Tucker, American film director and screenwriter
Duncan Jones, Youtuber and member of The Yogscast
Duncan Trussel, American actor & comic
Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones (b. 1971), British singer; son of singer David Bowie

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 major character in the video game "Dragon Age: Origins," as well as being a main character in the comic "Dragon Age: The Calling."
Rachel Duncan, character in TV show Orphan Black
Charlotte "Charlie" Duncan, title character of "Good Luck Charlie"
Duncan Mckay, character from Monarch of the Glen
Duncan, the main character of the novel Acceleration
Duncan Kane, a character from the TV show Veronica Mars
Duncan, a character on the Canadian animated series Total Drama

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