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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In 1880, the most common Gunn occupation in the USA was Farmer. 36% of Gunn's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gunn. A less common occupation for the Gunn family was Farm Laborer.

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    36%
  • Laborer

    9%
  • Keeping House

    7%
  • Farm Laborer

    4%

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