Hunn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient and distinguished German surname Hunn is of patronymic origin, deriving from the first name of the father of the original bearer. Hunn comes from "Huno," which is a personal name of unclear origin; it may be derived from "Hun," the name of the Asiatic race of nomads who ravaged Europe during the 5th century, or from "Hunn," the Old Norse diminutive meaning "little bear."

Early Origins of the Hunn family

The surname Hunn was first found in Swabia, where the name is thought to have emerged. The name dates back as far as 1270, when Rudi Huno was working as a tax collector in Basel. The young Hunn family was instrumental during this formative period, figuring prominently in the early history of the region and contributing greatly to the development of medieval Swabian society.

Early History of the Hunn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hunn research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1449, 1450, 1484, 1505, 1506, 1518, 1519, 1537, 1555, 1568, and 1795 are included under the topic Early Hunn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hunn Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Hunn, Hun, Hunne, Hunel, Hundt and others.

Early Notables of the Hunn family (pre 1700)

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hunn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hunn migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hunn Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • George Hunn, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1637 [1]
Hunn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Barbel Hunn, who arrived in Carolina in 1743 [1]
Hunn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joh Hunn, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1805 [1]
  • Nicholas Hunn, who landed in St Clair County, III in 1872 [1]

Australia Hunn migration to Australia +

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

Hunn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Hunn, aged 39, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Lady Ann"

Contemporary Notables of the name Hunn (post 1700) +

  • Eugene Stuart Hunn, American professor of Anthropology at the University of Washington (1983-)
  • John Hunn, American businessman and politician from Camden, in Kent County, Delaware. He was a member of the Republican Party and served as Governor of Delaware from January 15, 1901 until January 17, 1905
  • John Hunn (1849-1926), American Republican politician, Governor of Delaware, 1901-05; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Delaware, 1904 [2]
  • Jack Kent Hunn KCMG (1906-1997), New Zealand civil servant and former Secretary of Defence
  • Donald Kent "Don" Hunn CNZM (b. 1934), senior New Zealand diplomat and civil servant
  • George Hunn Nobbs (1799-1884), Irish missionary on Pitcairn Island then Norfolk Island


  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, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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