Dunn Family History

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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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Dunn Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Dunn name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Dunn. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Dunn Family Origin

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Dunn Family Occupations

What did your Dunn ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dunn. A less common occupation for the Dunn family was Farming. The most common Dunn occupation in the USA was Farmer. 31% of Dunn's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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Dunn Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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

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Draft Card

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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Dunn Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Dunn ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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