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According to the International Genealogical Index the spellings of this very interesting English surname include Nun, Nunn, Nunne, Naan, Nann, Neane, Noon, Noone, Noun, Noune, and the patronymics Nouns, Nowns and Nunns. Although it means literally 'The nun,' it was probably originally either occupational for a male who worked at a nunnery, or for an actor, one who played the part of nun in the travelling theatres of the time, or even a nickname for a virtuous person, or perhaps, given the robust humour of the time, the exact opposite! The derivation is from the pre 7th century word 'nunne' itself from the Latin 'nonna'...

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