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Duncan (given name)

Gender Male
Meaning chief

Duncan is a given name. It is an Anglicised form of the Gaelic Donnchadh. The final letter n in the Anglicised Duncan seems to be a result of confusion in the Latin form of the name—Duncanus—with the Gaelic word ceann, meaning "head".[1] One opinion is that the Gaelic Donnchadh is composed of the elements donn, meaning "dark or dark-haired man" or "chieftain"; and cath, meaning "battle", together meaning "dark-haired or dark warrior".[2] Another opinion is that the Gaelic Donnchadh is composed of the elements donn, meaning "brown"; and chadh, meaning "chief" or "noble".[1]

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  • Duncan Idaho, fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert
  • Duncan MacLeod, the immortal hero in Highlander: The Series
  • A Total Drama Island character named Duncan
  • Duncan Rosenblatt, fictional character in Firebreather
  • Duncan Garp, fictional character in The world according to Garp by John Irving

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