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Nunn Name Meaning

English (mainly East Anglia): nickname for a pious and demure man, or an occupational name for someone who worked at a convent, from Middle English nunn ‘nun’ (Old English nunne, from Latin nonna, originally a respectful term of address for an elderly woman. The Latin word probably originated as a nursery term). German: from an Old High German personal name Nunno, said to be a nursery word.

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

Similar surnames: Gunn, Hunn, Nonn, Nuhn, Nann, Mann, Henn, Tann, Bunt, Dunn

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Where is the Nunn family from?

You can see how Nunn families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Nunn family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Nunn families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1891 there were 1,252 Nunn families living in Suffolk. This was about 24% of all the recorded Nunn's in the UK. Suffolk had the highest population of Nunn families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Nunn surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Nunn 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 Nunn. 7% of Nunn men worked as a General Labourer and 70% of Nunn women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Nunn were Incapacitated and Incapacitated.

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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
  • Farm Labourer
  • Gardener
  • Incapacitated

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Incapacitated
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Nunn. 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 18,000 military records available for the last name Nunn. For the veterans among your Nunn ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Nunn lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Nunn life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Nunn in 1940 was 64, and 74 in 2004.

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