Cunningham Family History

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Cunningham Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from a district in Ayrshire, first recorded in 1153 in the form Cunegan, a Celtic name of uncertain origin. The spellings in -ham, first recorded in 1180, and in -ynghame, first recorded in 1227, represent a gradual assimilation to the English place-name element -ingham. Irish: surname adopted from Scottish by bearers of Gaelic Ó Cuinneagáin ‘descendant of Cuinneagán’, a personal name from a double diminutive of the Old Irish personal name Conn meaning ‘leader’, ‘chief’.

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

Similar surnames: Ellingham, Ingham, Birmingham, Cookingham, Dunning, Bingham, Canning

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Cunningham Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Cunningham name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Cunningham. 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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Cunningham Family Origin

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Cunningham Family Occupations

What did your Cunningham ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Labourer, Coal Miner and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cunningham. A less common occupation for the Cunningham family was Fisherman. The most common Cunningham occupation in the UK was Labourer. 4% of Cunningham's were Labourers.

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  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Farmer

  • Fisherman


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Cunningham Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 853,000 census records available for the last name Cunningham. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cunningham 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 145,000 immigration records available for the last name Cunningham. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 154,000 military records available for the last name Cunningham. For the veterans among your Cunningham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Cunningham Life Expectancy

What is the average Cunningham lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Cunningham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Cunningham in 1941 was 38, and 74 in 2004.

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