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Origins of the Dunn surname

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What does the name Dunn mean?

The Dunn surname is English, Welsh and Scottish. It can arise from someone who is dark brown in complexion or hair, from the Old English 'dunn' and Welsh 'dwn'. It can also come from the Middle English 'dun', a description for a hill or hillfort, given to those who lived at or near this particular topographical feature and their descendants.

Alternative variations of the name Dunn

Dunn, Dunne, Dun, Doine, Doyne

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Where do most Dunns live?

In 1921, most Dunns lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Dunns

How common is your surname?

138th most common surname in the UK

We have 238,000 records for the Dunn surname. The oldest one dates back to 1538.

Who were Dunns most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Dunn first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Dunns

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

Common Female occupations for Dunns in 1921


Domestic Servant




General Servant Domestic


House Servant


Common Male occupations for Dunns in 1921
Coal Miner


General Labourer


Agricultural Labourer






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