Dunning Family History

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Dunning Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from a place in Perthshire, recorded in 1200 as Dunine and later as Dunyn, from Gaelic dùnan, a diminutive of dùn ‘fort’. English: patronymic from Dunn. Irish: variant of Downing.

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

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

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Dunning Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Dunning name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Dunning. 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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Dunning Family Origin

Where is the Dunning family from?

Dunning Family Occupations

What did your Dunning ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dunning. The most common Dunning occupation in the USA was Farmer. 35% of Dunning's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Dunning family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Dunning ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Dunning Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 116,000 census records available for the last name Dunning. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dunning 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 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 Card

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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Dunning Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Dunning 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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