Chunn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Chunn is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Chunn family lived in Kent, where they held lands and a family seat at Fairbourne (later Fairlawn). "This family is said to be from. Castle Chiowne, Chioune, Chun, or Choon, which some interpret a 'house in a croft.'" [1]

Early Origins of the Chunn family

The surname Chunn was first found in Kent, where the Chunn family was anciently seated as Lords of the Manor of Fairbourne (later Fairlawn). At the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086, a survey initiated by Duke William after his conquest of England at Hastings in 1066, this estate was held by Hugh le Vendee, nephew of Herbert and Ralph de Courbepine from the tenant in chief, the Bishop of Bayeux, and it is from Hugh which the family is conjecturally descended. [2]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included listings for the name as a forename and a surname: Chun Mervyn, Cambridgeshire; Chun Pimme, Cambridgeshire; Chun Pistor, Cambridgeshire; William Chaun, Lincolnshire; and Hugh Chone, Oxfordshire. [3]

Early History of the Chunn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chunn research. Another 169 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1596, 1668, 1583, 1639, 1613, 1668, 1659 and 1668 are included under the topic Early Chunn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Chunn Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Chowne, Chown, Chiowne, Chioune, Choon, Chiown, Cone, Chone, Cowne, Cown, Coun, Coune, Chune, Choone and many more.

Early Notables of the Chunn family (pre 1700)

Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chunn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Chunn migration to the United States +

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Chunn or a variant listed above:

Chunn Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alvah Chunn, aged 21, who settled in America, in 1907
  • Albert Chunn, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Albert S. Chunn, aged 34, who landed in America from Monte Carlo, France, in 1922
  • Anita Chunn, aged 37, who landed in America from Monte Carlo, France, in 1922
  • Wilfred Chunn, aged 34, who immigrated to the United States, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name Chunn (post 1700) +

  • George Chunn, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 2008 [4]
  • Nancy Chunn (b. 1941), American artist based in New York City
  • Albert Chunn (b. 1971), American professional baseball player
  • Michael Jonathan "Mike" Chunn CNZM (b. 1952), former member of the New Zealand bands Split Enz and Citizen Band, former Director of New Zealand operations for the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA)
  • Geoff Chunn, New Zealand musician, best known as an early member of Split Enz


  1. ^ Charnock, Richard, Stephen, Ludus Patronymicus of The Etymology of Curious Surnames. London: Trubner & Co., 60 Paternoster Row, 1868. Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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