Gunning (or O’Gunning) comes from the Irish Ó Conaing (Conaing was popular first name in Gaelic Ireland). They were a sept of the larger Dal gCais sept in Thomond – originally from around the Castleconnell area in county Limerick – but today found in County Offaly for the most part.
Castle Connell castle in County Limerick would have been a property of this sept at one time.
It can also be an English planter name found in Ulster.
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Remember – at Your Irish Heritage we consider an “Irish Surname” to be one that belongs in your family. It may belong to an ancestor who lived in Ireland at one stage. We consider old Gaelic, Viking, Norman and planter names to be all Irish – if they fit this criteria.
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