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Gunnarson Surname Meaning

Americanized form (and a rare Swedish variant) of Swedish and Icelandic Gunnarsson: patronymic from the personal name Gunnar from Old Norse Gunnarr a compound of gunn ‘battle’ + arr ‘warrior’. Compare Gunderson and Gunnerson . Americanized form of Norwegian and Danish Gunnarsen a cognate of 1 above.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Gunnerson, Gundersen, Gunner, Gunnison, Gustafson, Jonasson, Anderson

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Where is the Gunnarson family from?

You can see how Gunnarson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gunnarson family name was found in the USA, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Gunnarson families were found in USA in 1920. In 1871 there were 7 Gunnarson families living in Perthshire. This was 100% of all the recorded Gunnarson's in Scotland. Perthshire had the highest population of Gunnarson families in 1871.
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What did your Gunnarson ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Gunnarson. 36% of Gunnarson men worked as a Farmer and 50% of Gunnarson women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gunnarson were Proprietor and 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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Carpenter
  • Farm Laborer
  • Proprietor

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Maid
  • Servant
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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Gunnarson. 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 678 military records available for the last name Gunnarson. For the veterans among your Gunnarson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gunnarson lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Gunnarson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Gunnarson in 1959 was 50, and 81 in 2004.

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