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The DUNN surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 136,955 185 0.051 508
United States (1880 census) 42,031 108 0.084 841
Change since 1880 +94924 -77 -0.033 -333
Other Countries
Australia 10,408 107 0.064 637
United Kingdom 31,704 153 0.069 690
Top States for DUNN by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 10,301 276 0.030 304
Texas 9,792 232 0.047 470
Florida 7,937 201 0.050 497
New York 6,483 195 0.034 342
Ohio 5,869 172 0.052 517
Top States for DUNN by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Alabama 4,324 123 0.097 972
Tennessee 5,275 116 0.093 927
Kentucky 3,591 115 0.089 888
Louisiana 3,775 124 0.084 845
Maine 1,022 189 0.080 802


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called DUNN live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called DUNN represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called DUNN in California than any other state, but you are more likely to find a DUNN by picking someone at random in Alabama than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of DUNN

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Nickname

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the DUNN surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the DUNN surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of DUNN in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Asian/Pacific 863 0.63
Native American/Alaskan 740 0.54
White (Caucasian) 112,782 82.35
Black/African American 18,462 13.48
Mixed Race 2,027 1.48
White (Hispanic) 2,095 1.53

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the DUNN surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of DUNN in historical publications

Gaelic, Dun, a heap, hill, mount; a fortress, a castle, fastness, a tower. Dunn, Saxon, brown, of a dark color, swarthy.

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

DUNN. Dun, Dunne, Dunna, were A-Sax. personal names, and Done, Donne, &c. are in Domesd. Kemble considers them " adjectives relating to the dark

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to DUNN

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as DUNN.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for DUNN

The following words are slight variants of DUNN that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.