Nunn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Nunn surname derives from the Old English word "nunne," in turn from the Latin "nonna," both of which mean a "Nun." As a name, it was likely originally a nickname for a pious person, or an occupational name for someone who worked at a convent.

Early Origins of the Nunn family

The surname Nunn was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Nunn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nunn research. Another 94 words (7 lines of text) covering the year 1514 is included under the topic Early Nunn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Nunn Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Noon, Noone, Nunn, Nones, None, Nun and others.

Early Notables of the Nunn family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Nunn family to Ireland

Some of the Nunn 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 Nunn migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Nunn Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Nunn, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Richard Nunn, aged 19, who landed in New England in 1635 [1]
  • Tho Nunn, aged 22, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • John Nunn, who arrived in Maryland in 1673 [1]
  • John Nunn, who settled in Virginia in 1695
Nunn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Nunn, who landed in Mississippi in 1856 [1]

Australia Nunn migration to Australia +

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

Nunn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Nunn, English convict from Bedford, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Mr. Benjamin Nunn, English convict who was convicted in Ipswich, Suffolk, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 3rd November 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Thomas Nunn, English convict from Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]
  • Mr. William Nunn, English convict who was convicted in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 9th May 1844, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • George Nunn, English convict from Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Nunn migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Nunn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Ann Nunn, aged 40, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Mr. H. W. R. Nunn, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Glenmark" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 12th December 1868 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Nunn (post 1700) +

  • William Goldwyn "Bill" Nunn III (1952-2016), American actor, perhaps best known for his role as Robbie Robertson in the Spider-Man film trilogy
  • Warne Nunn, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oregon, 1972 [8]
  • Thomas Jefferson Nunn, American politician, Delegate to Kentucky State Constitutional Convention, 1891; Judge, Kentucky Court of Appeals, 1903 [8]
  • Sam A. Nunn, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1928; Member of Georgia State Board of Education 3rd District, 1948-49 [8]
  • Samuel Augustus Nunn Jr. (b. 1938), American Democrat politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives, 1969-72; U.S. Senator from Georgia, 1972-97; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1996 [8]
  • Michalene Nunn, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1980 [8]
  • Louis Broady Nunn (1924-2004), American Republican politician, State Court Judge in Kentucky, 1953; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1960 (alternate), 1972; Governor of Kentucky, 1967-71Candidate for U.S. Senator from Kentucky, 1972 [8]
  • Joshua Nunn, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in London, 1863-81 [8]
  • Joe E. Nunn, American Democrat politician, Elected Kentucky State House of Representatives 8th District 1955 [8]
  • James Henry Nunn, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Pará, 1918 [8]
  • ... (Another 21 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Hentry Andrews Nunn, British Sergeant Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [9]


The Nunn 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: Suaviter in modo, fortiter in re
Motto Translation: Gentle in manner, firm in act.


Suggested Readings for the name Nunn +

  • 2050 Nunn Families of Northeast Georgia by D.C. Nunn, Nunns of the South by Alexander Nunn.

  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. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barossa
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agincourt/1844
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, May 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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