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Origins of the Cunningham surname

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What does the name Cunningham mean?

The origin of the Cunningham surname is most often Scottish. It's chiefly a geographic surname and refers to those who have ancestors that originate in the area of Cunningham, North Ayrshire. This is a district of a number of parishes and the name has since spread across Scotland and to the rest of Britain.

Alternative variations of the name Cunningham

Cunningham, Cuningham, Cuninghame, Cunninghame, Cummingham

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Where do most Cunninghams live?

In 1921, most Cunninghams lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Cunninghams

How common is your surname?

316th most common surname in the UK

We have 112,000 records for the Cunningham surname. The oldest one dates back to 1100.

Who were Cunninghams most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Cunningham first names?

  • John
  • James
  • Mary
  • Margaret

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Common jobs for Cunninghams

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Cunninghams in 1921


Domestic Servant




House Keeper




Common Male occupations for Cunninghams in 1921
Coal Miner


General Labourer






Farm Hands


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