We've had much fun with this onein my family! My late father migrated here from Dublin, Eire, and his father's family came from Waterford. Apparently Dungan families are quite numerous there.
He always pronounced our name as Dung-gin with a soft g at the end of the first syllable (Dung as in manure) and a hard g at the start of the second syllable.
There are two Dungan families here in New Zealand and the other family also say their name like we say ours. They are descended from an Irishman too and they have been here about 100 years longer than we have.
It's interesting, though, that many people who try to pronounce Dungan for the first time usually say it the way you do. We get lots of Duggin and Duncan too.
Does anyone else have any clues?
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