Gunnison History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Gunnison family

The surname Gunnison was first found in Lothian where they held a family seat on the English/Scottish border. After the Norman Conquest of England many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north. The border became a convenient no-man's land. Notable families such as the Percy, the Umfravilles and the Nevilles gathered many supporting clans around them. In the 16th century they became known as the 'unruly clans'. In that century, many of those clans drove their herds south, and they settled in Yorkshire and Lancashire. The name was first recorded as part of the Gun Clan which settled on the border in 1346 having broken away from the main Clan when Chieftain Will 'the Crowner' Gunn acquired lands here.

Early History of the Gunnison family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gunnison research. Another 140 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1278, 1634, 1663 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Gunnison History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gunnison Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gunnison, Gunneson, Kenneson, Kenniston, Kennison, Kennerson, Gunnerson, Kenson and many more.

Early Notables of the Gunnison family (pre 1700)

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United States Gunnison migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gunnison Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Hugh Gunnison, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1634 [1]

Canada Gunnison migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gunnison Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • David Gunnison, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • James Gunnison, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Joseph Gunnison, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Rachel Gunnison, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Samuel Gunnison, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Gunnison (post 1700) +

  • John Williams Gunnison (1812-1853), American explorer, eponym of Gunnison, a city in Gunnison County, Colorado
  • N. Gunnison, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Halifax, 1864 [2]
  • George Gunnison, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for South Dakota, 1956; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Dakota, 1960 [2]
  • G. H. Gunnison, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 27th District, 1897-98 [2]
  • C. M. Gunnison, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wyoming, 1940 [2]
  • Andrew J. Gunnison, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 8th District, 1863 [2]


  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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