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Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the Dunn family in Ireland was O Duinn or O Doinn. Both Gaelic names are derived from the Gaelic word donn, which means brown. O Doinn is the genitive case of donn.

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The surname Dunn was first found in County Meath (Irish: An Mhí) anciently part of the kingdom of Brega, located in Eastern Ireland, in the province of Leinster. The family was descended from O'Rigain one of the ancient "Four Tribes of Tara" in the Kingdom of Meath, now the county of Meath. The Kings of Meath in turn traced their regal history back to the Heremon Kings.

A name was often recorded during the Middle Ages under several different spelling variations during the life of its bearer because literacy was rare there was no real push to clearly define any of the languages found in the British Isles at that time. Variations found of the name Dunn include Dunn, Dunne, Dun, O'Dunne, O'Doyne, Doine, Doin, O'Dunn and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dunn research. Another 581 words (42 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1268, 1691, 1700, 1758, 1642, 1713, 1651, 1733, 1692 and 1695 are included under the topic Early Dunn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dunn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North Ameri ca. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Dunn:

Dunn Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jo Dunn, aged 26, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Thomas Dunn who settled in Wymouth, Massachusetts in 1647
  • Pascho Dunn, who landed in Maryland in 1652
  • Daniell Dunn, who arrived in Virginia in 1657
  • Tho Dunn, who landed in Virginia in 1658
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Dunn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Richard Dunn, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Arthur Dunn settled in Maryland in 1723
  • Arthur Dunn settled in Virginia in 1735
  • Arthur Dunn, who landed in Virginia in 1735
  • Dennis Dunn, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
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Dunn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Adm Dunn, aged 30, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • James Dunn, aged 24, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Michael Dunn, who landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • William Dunn, aged 30, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1805
  • Maus Dunn, aged 34, arrived in New York in 1812
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Dunn Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Daniel Dunn, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Danl Dunn, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Ms. Margaret Dunn U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harboutr, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Ms. Mary Dunn U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harboutr, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Ms. Rebecca Dunn U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harboutr, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
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Dunn Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Dunn, who landed in Halifax or New York in 1811
  • Peter Dunn, who landed in Canada in 1812
  • Peter Dunn, aged 24, landed in Canada in 1812
  • Thomas Dunn, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1822
  • James Dunn, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1827
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Dunn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Dunn, Scottish convict from Stirling, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • John Dunn, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Dunn, a millwright, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • John Dunn, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William Dunn arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838
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Dunn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • J Dunn landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Dunn landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Henry M Dunn landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841
  • James Dunn landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Lady Nugent
  • James Dunn arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
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  • Katherine Karen Dunn (1945-2016), American best-selling novelist, best known for her novel Geek Love (1989)
  • Carola Dunn (b. 1946), British-born, American American writer, known for her Daisy Dalrymple series and Cornish Mystery series
  • Bob Dunn (1908-1989), American cartoonist, known for his comic strip Just the Type which ran from 1946 through 1963
  • Adam Troy Dunn (b. 1979), American Major League Baseball first baseman, outfielder, and designated hitter
  • Brigadier-General Beverly Charles Dunn (1888-1970), American Division Engineer, North Atlantic Division (1946-1948)
  • Private First Class Parker F. Dunn (d. 1918), American soldier awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery
  • Donald "Duck" Dunn (b. 1941), American bass guitarist, record producer, and songwriter
  • Stephen Dunn (b. 1939), American poet awarded the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
  • John M Dunn (b. 1945), American president of Western Michigan University (2007-)
  • Patricia Cecile Dunn (b. 1953), American former non-executive chairwoman of the board of Hewlett-Packard Company
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Dunn Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. John Dunn, British Trimmer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mrs. Jane Dunn (1866-1914), née Elliott Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Master William P. H.  Dunn (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Emily  Dunn (1863-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. W. Philip  Dunn (1883-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Charles H  Dunn (1884-1917), Scottish Able Seaman aboard the SS Picton from Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Ethel  Dunn (1886-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Stephen E Dunn (b. 1922), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Honiley, Warwickshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. John Dunn, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, died whilst a Prisoner of War in 1944

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. William Dunn, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Thomas Dunn, English Fireman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Albert Charles Dunn, English Intermediate 6th Engineer from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Thomas W. Dunn, Canadian 3rd Class passenger from Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
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  • The Ancestry of Harvey Dunn by Judith Miner Hine Luedemann.
  • The Dunn Descendants by Charles Dunn Owens.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Mullach a-bu
Motto Translation: Victory for the Dunns.

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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
  2. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  3. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
  4. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  5. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  6. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
  7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  8. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  9. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
  10. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
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The Dunn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dunn Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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