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Gunn Family History

Gunn Name Meaning
Scottish: name of a clan associated with Caithness, derived from the Old Norse personal name Gunnr (or the feminine form Gunne), a short form of any of various compound names with the first element gunn ‘battle’.Scottish: sometimes an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gille Dhuinn ‘son of the servant of the brown one’ (see Dunn). (According to Woulfe a name of the same form also existed in Sligo, Ireland.English: metonymic occupational name for someone who operated a siege engine or cannon, perhaps also a nickname for a forceful person, from Middle English gunne, gonne ‘ballista’, ‘cannon’, ‘gun’. The term originated as a humorous application of the Scandinavian female personal name Gunne or Gunnhildr.

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

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Name Distribution of Gunn Families

  • Number of Gunn families
     127 - 252
     43 - 126
     1 - 42
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Gunn families
     328 - 654
     110 - 327
     1 - 109
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Gunn families
     597 - 1,191
     200 - 596
     1 - 199
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Gunn Family Origin

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Gunn Immigration Information

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Gunn Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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