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ˈdʌŋ kəndun·can

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Duncan, Isadora Duncannoun

    United States dancer and pioneer of modern dance (1878-1927)


  1. Duncannoun

    ; the name of two early saints and of two kings of Scotland.

  2. Duncannoun

    Several places in the U.S.A. and one in Canada.

  3. Etymology: Anglicized from Donnchadh, from donn + chadh


  1. Duncan

    Duncan is a song by the American singer-songwriter Paul Simon. It was the third and final single from his second self-titled studio album (1972), released on Columbia Records. The song was also released as a single in July 1972 as "Duncan" b/w "Run That Body Down". A ballad in E-minor, "Duncan" tells the story of Lincoln Duncan, a fisherman's son. An inability to fall asleep in a cheap motel due to the loud sex that a couple is having next door sends Duncan off on a long reverie. He recalls his decision to leave "the boredom and the chowder" of his hometown in the Canadian Maritime Provinces and head towards New England. He recalls running out of money, losing his confidence and faith in himself, and gaining them back after losing his virginity to a young female street preacher – "just like a dog I was befriended". In the last stanza he is lying on the ground at night playing his guitar and thanking God for his fingers. Between the stanzas, the song features instrumental interludes, played on 2 flutes, by Los Incas, an Andean group which had previously collaborated with Simon & Garfunkel on "El Condor Pasa (If I Could)" in 1970."Duncan" peaked at #52 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart in 1972. A concert rendition featuring Urubamba performing the interludes was included on the 1974 album Paul Simon in Concert: Live Rhymin'. It gained radio airplay itself, and has gone on to become a semi-regular on satellite radio's Deep Tracks station. Simon has included the song in his set lists for some subsequent tours as well.


  1. duncan

    "Duncan" is primarily known as a given name in English-speaking countries, often seen in Scotland, stemming from the Gaelic name "Donnchadh" which means "brown warrior". This name became popular due to two early saints and two kings from Scotland. It is also a common surname. In certain contexts, it could refer to various places named Duncan in countries like the United States, Canada, and Australia.


  1. Duncan

    Duncan is a city on southern Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Duncan is ranked #212 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Duncan surname appeared 135,187 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 46 would have the surname Duncan.

    76.3% or 103,269 total occurrences were White.
    17.3% or 23,428 total occurrences were Black.
    2.5% or 3,447 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.2% or 2,988 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.9% or 1,338 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 703 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Duncan in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Duncan in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Duncan in a Sentence

  1. Duncan Smith:

    The resignation of Iain Duncan Smith reveals a Government in disarray and a Chancellor who has lost the credibility to manage the economy in the interests of the majority of our people, the Chancellor has failed the British people. He should follow the honorable course taken by Iain Duncan Smith and resign.

  2. Pablo Escobar:

    Haji Bashir Noorzai, currently serving a life sentence in the United States, for all the Americans was possible. Instead, Bergdahl was traded for five senior Taliban leaders who had been serving indefinite sentences at the U.S. military’s prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba -- a deal he said had been rejected by senior U.S. officials years ago. My team had a difficult mission and I used all legal means available to recover the hostages. You, the Congress, were my last resort, i am before you because I did my duty and you need to ensure all in uniform can go on doing their duty without fear of reprisal. He said he is being retaliated against because the FBI and others were angry when Duncan Hunter revealed the Defense Department had tried to pay a ransom for Bergdahl, which is against U.S. law. Jason Amerine said Jason Amerine drew their ire when Duncan Hunter submitted a complaint to the Inspector General alleging an.

  3. Angela Zhang:

    Duncan Clark got the signal that' I spoke too much, that caused me trouble so I need to shut Angela Zhang up'.

  4. Paula Duncan:

    We all tried to convince her to look at the paper trail. We laid it out in front of her again and again, and Paula Duncan still said that she had a reasonable doubt, we didn't want to be hung, so we tried for an extended period of time to convince her.

  5. Andy Duncan:

    I have always had a soft spot for eccentrics, and I have worked long and hard to be eccentric Andy Duncan, with The Results.

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