My neighbour asked me to post this. In November 1993, 'The Scots Magazine' (The world's oldest popular periodical, first published 1793) gave the origins of the surname Cunnison. The name means Conan's son. Conan was the illegitimate offspring of Henry, the last Celtic Earl of Atholl in the 13th century. Amongst many interesting facts given was that a John Cunnison of Balnacree was a subaltern of the Atholl regiment in the Highland uprising of 1715. The name was recorded as prevelent in Perthshire Scotland in the 15th to 17th century by Stewart of Garth in his 'Sketches of the highlanders' but is scarce nowadays. The barony of Edradour was held by Cunnisons between 1474 and 1595. My Great Grandfather, John Cunnison came from the Blairgowrie area of Perthshire and settled in Edinburgh where my Grandfather was born, as was I. There you have the origins of the name but to trace back is a long and tedious business. The name Cunnison is traceable to 22 parishes in Perthshire and many Cunnisons are recorded in the Mormon records in the USA. Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana and Riverside California are places where Cunnison can be traced at this present date. There were a total of 62 Cunnisons in the 1881 British Census, resident in Scotland and 7 Cuunisons in England.