Where did the Irish Dunn family come from? What is the Irish coat of arms/family crest? When did the Dunn family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded simply because their bearers were illiterate. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Dunn family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Dunn, Dunne, Dun, O'Dunne, O'Doyne, Doine, Doin, O'Dunn and many more.
First found in county Meath where they held a family seat from very ancient times.
During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much preseverence and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Dunn family in North America: Thomas Dunn who settled in Wymouth, Massachusetts in 1647; Miss Dunn settled in the Barbados in 1774; Mrs. Dunn settled in Boston Mass. in 1766; Agnes Dunn settled in Charles Town, S.C. in 1767.
Motto Translated: Victory for the Dunns.
Suggested Readings for the name Dunn
* The Ancestry of Harvey Dunn by Judith Miner Hine Luedemann.
* The Dunn Descendants by Charles Dunn Owens.
Some noteworthy people of the name Dunn
* Douglas Dunn (b. 1942), American post-modern dancer
* Douglas Dunn (b. 1942), Scottish writer/poet
* Hugh Alexander Dunn, Australian diplomatist
* John M. Dunn, British Professor of Political Theory
* Olav Dunn (1876-1939), Norwegian novelist
* Sir Patrick Hunter Dunn, of Berkshire
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