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Meaning and Origin

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  1. United States dancer and choreographer (born in 1922)
  1. A Scottish habitational surname from a place in Ayrshire.

Notable Persons Named Cunningham


Notable Persons With the Last Name Cunningham

Liam Cunningham is an actor, director, producer, and electrician. He was most active from 1992 to present. Liam was born on June 2nd, 1961 in East Wall.


Bill Cunningham is a photographer. Bill was given the name William J. Cunningham on March 13th, 1929 in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.


Chris was given the name Christopher Darren Cunningham in Tennessee, United States.


Randall Cunningham is a football player. His most notable accomplishments were from 1985 to 2001. Randall was born on March 27th, 1963 in Santa Barbara, California.


Chris Cunningham is a filmmaker, video artist, photographer, producer, and video art. He has been prominent since 1996. Chris was born on October 15th, 1970 in Reading, Berkshire, England, UK.


Merce Cunningham was a dancer, choreographer, and choreography. He was most active from 1938 to 2009. Merce was given the name Mercier Philip Cunningham on April 16th, 1919 in Centralia, Washington. He left this life on July 26th, 2009.


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Popularity of Cunningham as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Cunningham U.S.
  White 73.16% 64.26%
  African American 21.18% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.53% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.48% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.07% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.58% 16.26%

Of Last Name Cunningham

People with the last name Cunningham are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Cunningham

  • How Popular is the name Cunningham? As a last name Cunningham was the 211th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Cunningham first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Cunningham is Saturday, February 26th, 1881.
  • How unique is the name Cunningham? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Cunningham. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Cunningham: Your name in reverse order is Mahgninnuc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ganincmnuh. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Cunningham? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 135,718 people with the last name Cunningham.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Cunningham? Cunningham was ranked as the 211th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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