Gunnar

First Name
14k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
<100
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Gunnar

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Notable Persons Named Gunnar

Gunnar was born on July 28th, 1988 in Akureyri.

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Gunnar Hansen was an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1973 to 2014. Gunnar was given the name Gunnar Milton Hansen on March 4th, 1947 in Reykjavík, Iceland. He passed away on November 7th, 2015.

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Gunnar Myrdal was a scientist in the fields of economics, politics, and sociology. Gunnar was born on December 6th, 1898 in Dalarna. He passed away on May 17th, 1987.

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Gunnar Nordahl was a soccer player for the Degerfors IF, IFK Norrköping, A.C. Milan, A.S. Roma, and Sweden national football team. Gunnar was born on October 19th, 1921 in Hörnefors. He breathed his last breath on September 15th, 1995.

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Gunnar was born on April 19th, 1924.

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Gunnar Björnstrand was an actor. He was most active from 1931 to 1983. Gunnar was given the name Knut Gunnar Johanson on November 13th, 1909 in Stockholm, Sweden. He died on May 26th, 1986.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Gunnar

Svensson was born in 1956.

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How popular is the baby name Gunnar in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1893 5 0 5
1908 5 0 5
1909 7 0 7
1910 5 0 5
1912 13 0 13
1913 21 0 21
1914 13 0 13
1915 23 0 23
1916 20 0 20
1917 22 0 22
1918 27 0 27
1919 15 0 15
1920 11 0 11
1921 12 0 12
1922 15 0 15
1923 6 0 6
1924 12 0 12
1925 23 0 23
1926 18 0 18
1927 14 0 14
1928 15 0 15
1929 12 0 12
1930 13 0 13
1931 11 0 11
1932 25 0 25
1933 9 0 9
1934 8 0 8
1935 9 0 9
1936 7 0 7
1937 8 0 8
1938 11 0 11
1939 8 0 8
1940 8 0 8
1941 10 0 10
1942 7 0 7
1943 10 0 10
1944 10 0 10
1945 9 0 9
1946 13 0 13
1947 11 0 11
1948 13 0 13
1949 11 0 11
1950 16 0 16
1951 19 0 19
1952 8 0 8
1953 27 0 27
1954 12 0 12
1955 17 0 17
1956 22 0 22
1957 15 0 15
1958 32 0 32
1959 15 0 15
1960 21 0 21
1961 28 0 28
1962 21 0 21
1963 21 0 21
1964 22 0 22
1965 18 0 18
1966 19 0 19
1967 17 0 17
1968 27 0 27
1969 23 0 23
1970 28 0 28
1971 39 0 39
1972 17 0 17
1973 25 0 25
1974 28 0 28
1975 27 0 27
1976 15 0 15
1977 14 0 14
1978 21 0 21
1979 22 0 22
1980 20 0 20
1981 19 0 19
1982 19 0 19
1983 17 0 17
1984 27 0 27
1985 23 0 23
1986 36 0 36
1987 41 0 41
1988 34 0 34
1989 56 0 56
1990 56 0 56
1991 206 0 206
1992 191 0 191
1993 188 0 188
1994 342 0 342
1995 317 0 317
1996 337 0 337
1997 347 0 347
1998 412 0 412
1999 370 0 370
2000 352 0 352
2001 357 0 357
2002 398 0 398
2003 373 0 373
2004 400 6 394
2005 450 0 450
2006 512 0 512
2007 464 0 464
2008 487 0 487
2009 480 0 480
2010 457 0 457
2011 519 0 519
2012 602 0 602
2013 755 0 755
2014 814 0 814
2015 830 5 825
2016 800 6 794
2017 703 0 703

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Popularity of Gunnar as a first name

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Popularity of Gunnar as a last name

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Common last names for Gunnar

  • Johnson
  • Anderson
  • Carlson
  • Nelson
  • Peterson
  • Olson
  • Larson
  • Erickson
  • Hansen
  • Benson
  • Pearson
  • Olsen
  • Hanson
  • Johanson
  • Pedersen

Fun Facts about the name Gunnar

  • How Popular is the name Gunnar? Gunnar is the 2,079th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Gunnar have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 13,972 babies born with the first name Gunnar in the United States. That's more than enough people named Gunnar to occupy the territory of Wallis and Futuna (France) with an estimated population of 13,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Gunnar? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1893 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Gunnar first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Gunnar is Tuesday, October 1st, 1872.
  • What year had the most people named Gunnar born? The highest recorded use of the first name Gunnar was in 2015 with a total of 825 babies.
  • Random Gunnar Factoid: According to the 2015 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Gunnar ranks 100th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Wyoming. Imagine that, 8 babies in Wyoming have the same name as you in 2015.
  • Weird things about the name Gunnar: Your name in reverse order is Rannug. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rnugan. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
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