Gunn Surname Origin
(Origin British) Locality. From Gun, a plain, a down or common; Welsh, gwaen. 'A person whose name was Gunn complained to a friend that his attorney, in his bill, had not let him off easily. 'That's no wonder,' said his friend, 'as he charged you too high!' But this is not so good as an entry in the custom-house books of Edinburgh, where it appears that 'A,' meaning Alexander--'A. Gunn was discharged for making a false report!''--Lower. Lower also tells us of a German named Feuerstein (fire-stone--the German for flint) who settled in the West when the French population prevailed in that quarter. His name, therefore, was changed into French Pierre à Fusil, but in the course of time, the Anglo-American race became the prevalent one, and Pierre à Fusil was again changed into Peter Gun.
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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