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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.

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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.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nunn research. Another 278 words (20 lines of text) covering the year 1514 is included under the topic Early Nunn History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Nunn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Nunn family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 108 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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, landed in New England in 1635
  • Tho Nunn, aged 22, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • John Nunn, who arrived in Maryland in 1673
  • John Nunn settled in Virginia in 1695

Nunn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Henry Nunn, who landed in Mississippi in 1856

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
  • Thomas Nunn, English convict from Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • George Nunn, English convict from Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • William Nunn arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal George" in 1848
  • Joseph Nunn, aged 35, a labourer, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Catherine" in 1851


Nunn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Ann Nunn, aged 40, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840

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  • Ronnie Nunn, American former professional NBA basketball referee
  • Joseph Nunn (1905-1968), American engineer, co-creator of the Baker-Nunn cameras, a series of satellite tracking cameras
  • Stephen "Steve" Rob Nunn (b. 1952), American former Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services for the Commonwealth of Kentucky
  • Terri Kathleen Nunn (b. 1961), American singer and actress
  • Lucien Lucius "L.L." Nunn (1853-1925), American entrepreneur and educator, founder of the Telluride Association and Deep Springs College
  • William G. "Bill" Nunn III (b. 1953), American actor
  • Carl Nunn, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1928
  • Clement Singleton Nunn (1870-1935), American Democrat politician, Judge, Kentucky Court of Appeals, 1914; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1920
  • D. A. Nunn, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1876
  • David Alexander Nunn (1833-1918), American Republican politician, Member of Tennessee State House of Representatives, 1866; U.S. Representative from Tennessee 8th District, 1867-69, 1873-75; Secretary of State of Tennessee, 1881-85

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  • Nunn Families of Northeast Georgia by D.C. Nu.
  • , Nunns of the Sou.
  • by Alexander Nunn.
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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.

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The Nunn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nunn Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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