Dunnavant History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The old family name Dunnavant is thought to have derived from the place name Dunoon (Dunomhainn in Gaelic), located in Argyll and Bute, Scotland, on the Firth of Clyde.

Early Origins of the Dunnavant family

The surname Dunnavant was first found in Ross-shire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rois) a former county, now part of the Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles in Northern Scotland, which emerged from the Gaelic lordship of the Earl of Ross. Today Dunoon is a town situated on the Cowal Peninsula in Argyll and Bute but was originally a barony in Argyllshire. [1]

Important Dates for the Dunnavant family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dunnavant research. Another 146 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1606, 1255, 1265 and 1296 are included under the topic Early Dunnavant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dunnavant Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Denoon, Dennin, Denning, Denune, Dunnoon, Dunoon, Denoone and many more.

Early Notables of the Dunnavant family (pre 1700)

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Dunnavant migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dunnavant Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • E. Dunnavant, aged 24, arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "Valencia" from St. Jago [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dunnavant (post 1700)

  • Anthony L. Dunnavant, American author, best known for co-authoring The Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Christian Churches/Churches of Christ, Churches of Christ in 2004
  • Homer Felix "Pap" Dunnavant, American founder of Athens Broadcasting in 1948
  • William E. Dunnavant, American owner of Athens Broadcasting which holds various station licenses in Alabama including WVNN and WUMP, WHRP and WWFF-FM, son of "Pap" Dunnavant
  • P. S. Dunnavant, American dry good merchant in the 1920s, owner of Dunnavant's Building, Huntsville, Alabama, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Siobhan Stolle Dunnavant (b. 1964), American physician and Republican politician, Member of the Virginia Senate (2016-)

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  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J61H-BX7 : 6 December 2014), E. Dunnavant, 09 Oct 1893; citing departure port St. Jago, arrival port New York, ship name Valencia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
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