Dunning Surname Origin
The brown offspring, from the Saxon Dunn, brown, and the termination ing, which, among the Saxons, signified offspring, as White-ing, the fair offspring, Cuth-ing, the son of Cuth. Dunning has retained its original orthography since the days of the Saxons.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
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