Gunn Family History

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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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Gunn Family Origin

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Gunn Family Occupations

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In 1881, Farmer, Crofter and Agricultural Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gunn. The most common Gunn occupation in the UK was Farmer. 5% of Gunn's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Gunn family was Labourer.

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  • Crofter

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer


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Gunn Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 238,000 census records available for the last name Gunn. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gunn 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 30,000 immigration records available for the last name Gunn. 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 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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Gunn Life Expectancy

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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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