Nunn Family History

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Nunn Name Meaning

English (mainly East Anglia): nickname for a pious and demure man, or an occupational name for someone who worked at a convent, from Middle English nunn ‘nun’ (Old English nunne, from Latin nonna, originally a respectful term of address for an elderly woman. The Latin word probably originated as a nursery term). German: from an Old High German personal name Nunno, said to be a nursery word.

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

Similar surnames: Gunn, Hunn, Nonn, Nuhn, Nann, Mann, Henn, Tann, Bunt, Dunn

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Nunn Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Nunn name?

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


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Nunn Family Origin

Where is the Nunn family from?

Nunn Family Occupations

What did your Nunn ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Nunn. A less common occupation for the Nunn family was Carpenter. The most common Nunn occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 10% of Nunn's were Agricultural Labourers.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Carpenter


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

Nunn Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 185,000 census records available for the last name Nunn. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Nunn 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 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Nunn. 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 18,000 military records available for the last name Nunn. For the veterans among your Nunn ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Nunn Life Expectancy

What is the average Nunn lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Nunn life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Nunn in 1940 was 64, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Nunn 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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