Quick Facts on Gunner
- American, English
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Cannon, Defender in battle
Characteristics of Gunner
Etymology & Historical Origin - Gunner
Gunner is the transferred use of an English surname originating as an occupation name from the Olde English “gonne, gunne” meaning ‘cannon’ signifying a person whose job it was to load the heavy artillery and fire the cannons. Alternately, Gunner is also thought to come from a metronymic surname (passed down through the maternal side, which was uncommon in patriarchal societies of medieval Europe). In this case, the name comes from the female personal name “Gunvor” meaning ‘female defender in battle’. This surname dates back to the Middle Ages, although as a male forename, Gunner is mainly restricted to the United States. Gunner is also sometimes thought to be an Americanized respelling of Gunnar, who was a warrior in Norse mythology (and a common name in Scandinavia).
Popularity of the Name Gunner
As a boy’s name, Gunner has only been around since the mid-1990s. The name first appeared on the male naming charts in 1994 and has since climbed over 500 spots up the charts in less than 20 years. We’re not sure what prompted the usage of this name – it has a rather, um, how shall we say, aggressive quality? Perhaps a choice for parents who are big fans of the Second Amendment? It’s a strong sounding name, if a bit on the trendy side. It reminds us of Conner and Tanner, two other surnames made into first names. Gunner is by far the the most macho of these choices. The co-founder and bassist of Mötley Crüe, Nikki Sixx, named his own son Gunner Nicholas in 1991 and Nikki Sixx is the kind of guy that doesn’t beat around the bush.
Popularity of the Boy Name Gunner
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Gunner
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Gunner
Gunner We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Gunner.
Popular Songs on Gunner
Gunner - a song by Denali
Children's Books on the Baby Name Gunner
Gunner, Football Hero (James E. Ransome) - So what if Gunner is rounder than most football players? He throws a stellar pass! When he becomes third-string quarterback on his Pee Wee Football team, he fears he won't ever get to take the field. But in the championship game his team's luck runs out, and it is up to Gunner to lead them to victory. Will his awesome arm save the game? James Ransome's illustrations add humor and life to this unusual story about sportsmanship. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Gunner: Hurricane Horse (Judy Andrekson) - PBJ Decks Smokin Gun (Gunner) is an American Paint Horse, one of the many of Heather Lott Goodwin's herd, and a valuable show animal that won the World Championship Paint Horse title. When Hurricane Katrina passed over the Goodwin property, it took with it the fences, the cattle, and several horses. Heather and her family lived in their horse trailer for six weeks and considered themselves lucky to have safe, comfortable shelter. After the storm, they searched for the animals and recovered many of them. But three months passed before they located Gunner, a hundred miles away. They were told he was in terrible shape and should be put down. Nevertheless, Heather drove on washed-out roads to bring him home, starving, dehydrated, and blind in one eye. With the help of a vet and her mother, she nursed him back to health. Amazingly, nine months later, he was well enough to compete again in the World Championship Paint Horse Show. Gunner's story is a testament to love and to determination. Recommended for ages 8-12.
Famous People Named Gunner
Famous People Named Gunner - We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Gunner.
Children of Famous People Named Gunner
Famous People Who Named Their Son Gunner - Nikki Sixx (musician)
Gunner - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Gunner - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Gunner.
Personality of the Boy Name Gunner
The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth". Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.
Variations of the Baby Name - Gunner