Origin of the Name Gunn
The origin of the name Gunn
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The name Gunn is originally of Norse origin. The original ancestor of the name was said to be a pirate who settled at Ulbster in Caithness in Scotland . His descendants and the Keiths were continually at war with each other. The daughter of Lachlan Gunn was carried of by a Keith to Ackergill, where she threw herself from the top of a Tower. In 1426 the two Clans fought a desperate and indecisive battle near Thurso. Another encounter occurred on the Muir of Tannach in 1438 where the Gunns were defeated. In 1464 the clans agreed to a truce but the Keiths treacherously attacked and cut the Gunns to pieces. The greater part of the clan afterwards migrated to Sutherland. From Henry Gunn the Hendersons of Caithness are descended. The Chiefs of Clan Gunn were Hereditary Coroners Of Caithness.
In Ireland this name and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland , especially during the seventeenth century. It was the 'Plantations of Ireland ' in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that marked the end of Gaelic supremacy in Ireland . While the influx of settlers in the wake of the earlier Anglo-Norman invasion of the twelfth century resulted in a full integration into Irish society of the new arrivals, the same never occurred with the Ulster Planters who maintained their own distinct identity.
Gunn can alos be an anglicized form of the Gaelic MacCuinn and MacGuinn sept names of Connaught Province.
The Gunn coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Gunn descendants.