Dunn (surname)

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Dunn
Gender Unisex
Language(s) English
Other names
See also Donn (byname), Ó Duinn

The surname Dunn has several different origins. In some cases it is an Anglicised form of the Irish surname Ó Duinn, meaning "grandson of Donn"; the Gaelic Donn was originally a byname, meaning "brown-haired" or "chieftain". An other origin of the surname Dunn is from the Middle English dunn, meaning "dark-coloured"; this name originated as a nickname for one with dark hair or skin. An other origin is from a habitative name, derived from Dun in Angus, Scotland; this place name is derived from the Scottish Gaelic dùn, meaning "fort". An other origin is from the Gaelic donn, meaning "brown".[1]

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  • Gertrude Dunn (1932–2004), U.S. baseball player
  • Geoffrey Edmond Dunn (1948-current) First mayor of Colwood, British Columbia, Canada

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  • Ian Dunn (born 1960), New Zealand rugby union player
  • Ian Dunn, fictive character in the radio sitcom Knocker
  • Ian Campbell Dunn, Scottish gay rights campaigner
  • Iain Dunn, Chef.

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  • L. C. Dunn (1893-1974), U.S. developmental biologist
  • Lin Dunn (b. 1947) U.S. basketball coach
  • Linwood G. Dunn (1904-1998), U.S. pioneer of visual special effects in motion pictures and inventor of related technology
  • Loren C. Dunn (1930-2001), a Mormon official
  • Louis Dunn (1908-1979), South African engineer
  • Lydia Dunn, Baroness Dunn (b. 1940) Hong Kong born Legislative Councillor, politician, banker, now resides in the U.K.

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  1. ^ Learn about the family history of your surname, Ancestry.com, retrieved 3 January 2011 , which cited: Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4 , for the surname "Dunn".