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).
Italian: from a personal name borne by both men and women in Sicily and southern Calabria. The name was apparently in origin a nickname from Latin senator member of the Roman senate (Latin senatus, a derivative of senex ‘old’), which later came to be used as a title of magistrates in various Italian states.