Last name origins & meanings:
- English: from a Middle English personal name Dunstan,
composed of Old English dunn ‘dark’, ‘brown’ + stān
‘stone’. This name was borne by a 10th-century archbishop of
Canterbury who was later canonized.
- English: habitational name
from Dunstone in Devon, named from Old English
Dunstānestūn ‘settlement of Dunstan’ (as in
1). The surname is still chiefly common in Devon, but there are places
in other parts of the country with similar names but different
etymologies (e.g. Dunstan in Northumbria, Dunston in Lincolnshire,
Norfolk, Staffordshire, and Derbyshire), which may possibly have
contributed to the surname.
- Scottish: partly perhaps the same as
1, but there is a place named Dunstane in Roxburghshire, which may
also be a source of the surname.
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