Dunham is a toponymic surname of English origin, deriving from several places named Dunham (from Old English: dun- hill, -ham home).


Variations in spelling of surname Dunham are found across England, including: in Kent, Denham; in Devonshire and Nottingham, Douham; in Norfolk, Downham; and in Dorsetshire, Dynham.[1]

List of people[]

Individuals with the surname Dunham include:

  • Ann Dunham, anthropologist and pioneer in the field of microfinance in Southeast Asia for whom the Ann Dunham Soetoro Endowed Fund at the University of Hawaii is named, mother of U.S. President Barack Obama and Maya Soetoro-Ng
  • Archie W. Dunham, former President and Chief Executive Officer of Conoco Inc., and Horatio Alger Award recipient
  • Cyrus L. Dunham, American Civil War Colonel, U.S. Representative from Indiana
  • Emma Bedelia Dunham (1826–1910), American poet, teacher
  • Grace Dunham, American poet
  • Jack Dunham, American animator and producer
  • Jack Dunham (psychologist)
  • Jason L. Dunham, United States Marine Corps Corporal and Medal of Honor awardee for whom the destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG-109) is named
  • Jeff Dunham, American ventriloquist and prop-comedian
  • Jeremiah Dunham Botkin, U.S. Representative from Kansas
  • Joanna Dunham (1936-2014), British actor
  • Jonathan Singletary Dunham, Member of the New Jersey Provincial Congress
  • Katherine Dunham, American choreographer
  • Sir Kingsley Charles Dunham, British geologist
  • Kurt Dunham, Australian professional snooker player
  • Lena Dunham, New York-based filmmaker
  • Madelyn Lee Payne Dunham, grandparent of U.S. President Barack Obama who helped in raising him as a child in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Mark Wentworth Dunham, known for the introduction and breeding of Percheron horses in America
  • Mike Dunham, American ice hockey player
  • Ransom W. Dunham, U.S. Representative from Illinois
  • Stanley Armour Dunham, grandparent of U.S. President Barack Obama who helped in raising him as a child in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Stephen Dunham (1964-2012), American actor
  • William Dunham (mathematician)
  • William Riley Dunham, member of the Indiana General Assembly

In fiction[]

  • Olivia Dunham, FBI agent on TV series Fringe

See also[]

  • Dunham (disambiguation)


  1. ^ Isaac Watson Dunham (1907). Dunham Genealogy: English and American Branches of the Dunham Family.