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Meaning and Origin of: Dunham

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  1. English (chiefly Norfolk): habitational name from any of several places called Dunham, of which one is in Norfolk. Most are named from Old English dūn ‘hill’ + hām ‘homestead’. A place in Lincolnshire now known as Dunholme appears in Domesday Book as Duneham and this too may be a source of the surname; here the first element is probably the Old English personal name Dunna.
  2. John Dunham (1590–1668) was a Puritan linen weaver who came to Plymouth, MA, via Leiden, Netherlands, in 1633. He had many prominent descendants.
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