Dunnan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Dunnan is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from a family once having lived in the region of Dunning in the lower part of Strathearn. Today Dunning is the process of communicating with customers to ensure the collection of accounts receivable derived from the 17th century verb "dun," meaning to demand payment of a debt.

Early Origins of the Dunnan family

The surname Dunnan was first found in Shropshire where they held a family seat from very early times.

Early History of the Dunnan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dunnan research. Another 243 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1199, 1200, 1234, 1437, 1440, 1514 and 1782 are included under the topic Early Dunnan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dunnan Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Dunnan has been recorded under many different variations, including Dunning, Dunnings, Douning, Downing, Dunnin and many more.

Early Notables of the Dunnan family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Dunnan family to Ireland

Some of the Dunnan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Dunnan migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Dunnan or a variant listed above:

Dunnan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Eleanor Dunnan, who arrived in Maryland in 1652-1658 [1]

Australia Dunnan migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Dunnan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Dunnan, (b. 1796), aged 43, Irish convict who was convicted in Dublin, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Blenheim" on 19th May 1839, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [2]


The Dunnan Motto +

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: Studiis et rebus honestis
Motto Translation: By study and honourable pursuits.


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blenheim


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