Dunn (surname)

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Dunn
Origin
Region of originIreland, Scotland
MeaningFort, black or dark coloured, or an inhabitance of Dun, Angus

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". Another 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. Another origin is from a habitative name, derived from Dun in Angus, Scotland; this place name is derived from the Scottish Gaelic dùn, meaning "fort". Another origin is from the Gaelic donn, meaning "brown".[1]

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  • Ian Dunn (born 1960), New Zealand rugby union player

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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".