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Cunningham Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from the province of Cunningham in Ayrshire first recorded in 1153 in the form Cunegan a Celtic name of uncertain origin. The spellings in -ham first recorded in 1180 and in -ynghame first recorded in 1227 represent a gradual assimilation to the English placename element -ingham. Irish: surname adopted from Gaelic Ó Cuinneagáin ‘descendant of Cuinneagán’ a personal name from a double diminutive of the Old Irish personal name Conn meaning ‘leader chief’. This name is also adopted for Ó Connacháin a variant of Ó Connagáin ‘descendant of Connagán’ from a diminutive of the personal name Conn.

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

Similar surnames: Ellingham, Ingham, Birmingham, Cookingham, Dunning, Bingham, Canning

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Where is the Cunningham family from?

You can see how Cunningham families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cunningham family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cunningham families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 190 Cunningham families living in Ohio. This was about 12% of all the recorded Cunningham's in USA. Ohio had the highest population of Cunningham families in 1840.
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What did your Cunningham ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Cunningham. 15% of Cunningham men worked as a Laborer and 6% of Cunningham women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cunningham were Clerk and Housekeeper. .

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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 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Maid
  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
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Passenger Lists

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There are 154,000 military records available for the last name Cunningham. For the veterans among your Cunningham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cunningham lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Cunningham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Cunningham in 1941 was 38, and 74 in 2004.

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