Dunn (surname)

Dunn (surname)
Gender Unisex
Language(s) English
Other names
See also Donn (byname), Ó Duinn

Dunn is a surname in the English language. The name has several different origins. In some cases it is an Anglicised form of the Irish surname Ó Duinn, meaning "descendant of Donn"; the Gaelic Donn was originally a byname, meaning "brown-haired" or "chieftain". Another origin of the surname Dunn is from the Middle English dunn, meaning "dark-coloured"; this name originated as a nickname for someone with dark hair or a swarthy complexion. Another origin of Dunn is from a habitational name, derived from Dun in Angus, Scotland; this place name is derived from the Scottish Gaelic dùn, meaning "fort". Another origin of the surname Dunn is from the Gaelic donn, meaning "brown".[1]

People with this surname







  • Fayette S. Dunn (1903–1979), Otis Elevator
  • Francis J. Dunn, American politician
  • Francis John Dunn, (1922–1989) Auxiliary Bishop of Dubuque
  • Frank Dunn, former Nortel CEO







  • Lin Dunn, American basketball coach
  • Linwood G. Dunn, American pioneer of visual special effects in motion pictures and inventor of related technology
  • Louis Dunn, South African engineer
  • Lydia Dunn, Baroness Dunn, Hong Kong born Legislative Councillor, politician, banker, now resides in the UK.



  • Nell Dunn, British playwright and novelist, daughter of Philip
  • Nora Dunn, American actress




  • Richard Dunn, British boxer
  • Robert Dunn (disambiguation)
  • Ronnie Dunn, half of the country music duo Brooks and Dunn
  • Ryan Dunn (1977-2011), (aka Random Hero) member of CKY Crew and alumni of Jackass, Viva La Bam, and his own Homewrecker


  • Sheila Dunn, British actress
  • Samuel Dunn (disambiguation)
  • Stephen Dunn, American poet
  • Steve Dunn (baseball 1990s), American baseball player
  • Steve Dunn (1880s first baseman), Canadian baseball player
  • Susan Dunn, American opera soprano
  • Sarah Jayne Dunn, British actress



  • Warrick Dunn, American football player
  • Wendell E. Dunn, Jr., American Chemist and Inventor
  • William Dunn (disambiguation)
  • Winfield Dunn, governor of Tennessee


  1. ^ Learn about the family history of your surname, Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com/learn/facts/default.aspx?, retrieved 3 January 2011 , which cited: Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4 , for the surname "Dunn".

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