Anglicized form of the Irish name Dubhán or of the surname (Ó Dubháin) derived from it. Its popularity in the English-speaking world in the mid-1950s was influenced by the U.S. guitarist Duane Eddy (b. 1938).
English: habitational name from any of several places called Ashford. Those in Essex, Devon, Derbyshire, and Shropshire are named from Old English æsc ‘ash’ + ford ‘ford’. One in Surrey is first recorded in 969 as Ecelesford, probably from a personal name Eccel, a diminutive of Ecca ‘edge (of a sword)’ + ford. The one in Kent is from æscet ‘clump of ash trees’ + ford.