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Dunning Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from a place called Dunning in Lower Strathearn (Perthshire) recorded in 1200 as Dunine and later as Dunyn from Gaelic dùnan a diminutive of dùn ‘fort’. English: variant of Downing . Irish: variant of Dineen .

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


Similar surnames: Denning, Downing, Dinning, Durning, Running, Gunning, Canning

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Where is the Dunning family from?

You can see how Dunning families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dunning family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dunning families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 122 Dunning families living in New York. This was about 37% of all the recorded Dunning's in USA. New York had the highest population of Dunning families in 1840.
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What did your Dunning ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Dunning. 15% of Dunning men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Dunning women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dunning were Carpenter 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
    15%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    9%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 17,000 immigration records available for the last name Dunning. 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 Cards

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

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What is the average Dunning lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Dunning life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Dunning in 1943 was 65, and 74 in 2004.

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