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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


Similar surnames: Hunn, Ginn, Dunn, Nunn, Guin, Gann, Finn, Munn, Genn, Gund

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Where is the Gunn family from?

You can see how Gunn families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gunn family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gunn families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 42 Gunn families living in New York. This was about 13% of all the recorded Gunn's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Gunn families in 1840.
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What did your Gunn ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gunn. 15% of Gunn men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Gunn women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gunn were Clerk and Cook.

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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

  • Farmer
    15%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Maid
    6%
  • Cook
    6%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 34,000 military records available for the last name Gunn. For the veterans among your Gunn ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gunn lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Gunn life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Gunn in 1940 was 20, and 73 in 2004.

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