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DUNCAN Family HistoryThis famous Anglo-Scottish surname derives from the pre 7th century Gaelic male given name "Donnchad", related ultimately to "Donncatus", a Celtic personal name of great antiquity. This is composed of the elements "donn", meaning brown, and "cath", - the warrior. On a stone at Glan Usk near Crickhowel in Wales the name appears as "Dunocatus" which suggests that the initial element may alternatively be "dun", a fortress nd hence, "fort warrior". Early recordings include that of Dunchad, the eleventh abbot of Iona, who died in 717, and Dunchad, the abbot of Dunkeld, who was killed in the battle of Dorsum Crup, Perthshire, in the year 965...
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