Munn last name popularity, history, and meaning

Find out how popular the last name Munn is in the United States and learn more about the meaning, history, and race and ethnic origin of people in America who are named Munn.

Meaning of Munn

An English toponymic surname derived from the Old English word "munn," meaning a man or person.

Munn, like all of the last names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Munn surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Munn in America

Munn is the 4056th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Munn surname appeared 8,751 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 people would have the surname Munn.

We can also compare 2010 data for Munn to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 4056 3755 7.71%
Count 8,751 8,666 0.98%
Proportion per 100k 2.97 3.21 -7.77%

The history of the last name Munn

The surname MUNN is of English origin, derived from an Old English word meaning "man" or "person." It is believed to have originated in the counties of Yorkshire and Northumberland during the 7th or 8th century.

The name likely evolved as a nickname or occupational descriptor for a male individual, distinguishing them from others in their community. Over time, this nickname became a hereditary surname passed down through generations.

One of the earliest recorded instances of the MUNN surname can be found in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it is spelled as "Mun" or "Mune." This historical record provides evidence of the name's existence in medieval England.

In the 13th century, the MUNN surname appeared in various forms, including "Munne" and "Monne," reflecting the regional dialects and spelling variations of the time. These variations continued until the 16th century when the spelling stabilized to its modern form.

Notable individuals bearing the MUNN surname throughout history include:

  1. John Munn (1566-1630), an English composer and organist during the Renaissance period.
  2. Thomas Munn (1735-1811), a British mathematician and astronomer who made significant contributions to the field of celestial mechanics.
  3. Louisa Munn (1828-1905), an American writer and abolitionist who actively campaigned against slavery in the United States.
  4. Paul Sidney Munn (1892-1935), a Canadian soldier and recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest military decoration for valor awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
  5. Katharine Munn (1887-1974), an American professor of English literature and an influential figure in the field of higher education.

Throughout its history, the MUNN surname has been associated with various locations and place names, such as Munn's Brook in Newfoundland, Canada, and Munn Fell in Cumbria, England, further solidifying its roots in the English-speaking world.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Munn

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Munn.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups:

  1. White only
  2. Black only
  3. American Indian and Alaskan Native only
  4. Asian and Pacific Islander only
  5. Hispanic
  6. Two or More Races

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Munn was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 82.61% 7,229
Non-Hispanic Black Only 11.71% 1,025
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.79% 69
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.32% 28
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 2.14% 187
Hispanic Origin 2.43% 213

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Munn has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 82.61% 83.84% -1.48%
Black 11.71% 11.97% -2.20%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.79% 0.74% 6.54%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.32% 0.31% 3.17%
Two or More Races 2.14% 1.47% 37.12%
Hispanic 2.43% 1.67% 37.07%

Data source

The last name data and ethnic breakdown of last names is sourced directly from the Decennial Census survey, conducted every 10 years by the United States Census Bureau.

The history and meaning of the name Munn was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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