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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).

Chunn Early Origins



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.

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Chunn Spelling Variations


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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.

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Chunn Early History


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Chunn Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chunn research. Another 249 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 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.

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Chunn Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Chunn Early Notables (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.

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The Great Migration



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 Atlanti c. 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 emigrated 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 emigrated to the United States, in 1924

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Contemporary Notables of the name Chunn (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Chunn (post 1700)



  • Nancy Chunn (b. 1941), American artist based in New York City
  • Albert Chunn (b. 1971), American professional baseball player
  • George Chunn, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 2008
  • 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

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    3. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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    The Chunn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chunn 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.

    This page was last modified on 25 January 2016 at 14:42.

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