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Dunn Name Meaning

Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Duinn, Ó Doinn ‘descendant of Donn’, a byname meaning ‘brown-haired’ or ‘chieftain’. English: nickname for a man with dark hair or a swarthy complexion, from Middle English dunn ‘dark-colored’. Scottish: habitational name from Dun in Angus, named with Gaelic dùn ‘fort’. Scottish: nickname from Gaelic donn ‘brown’. Compare 1.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Gunn, Nunn, Dann, Munn, Dunne, Duke, Ginn, Hunn, Finn, Dun

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Where is the Dunn family from?

You can see how Dunn families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dunn family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dunn families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 2,796 Dunn families living in Lancashire. This was about 14% of all the recorded Dunn's in the UK. Lancashire had the highest population of Dunn families in 1891.
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What did your Dunn ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Dunn. 9% of Dunn men worked as a General Labourer and 65% of Dunn women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dunn were Farmer and Domestic Servant.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
    9%
  • Builders Labourer
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    3%
  • Farmer
    2%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    65%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    2%
  • Domestic Servant
    2%
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Census Records

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Dunn. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dunn census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 144,000 immigration records available for the last name Dunn. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 179,000 military records available for the last name Dunn. For the veterans among your Dunn ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dunn lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Dunn life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Dunn in 1941 was 43, and 74 in 2004.

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