When William Herschel Cunningham was born on 24 July 1905, in Indiana, United States, his father, John Edward Cunningham, was 30 and his mother, Ida May Whitaker, was 25. He lived in Washington Township, Morgan, Indiana, United States in 1910 and Oak Township, Smith, Kansas, United States in 1920. He died on 10 August 1981, in Smith, Kansas, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Fairview Cemetery, Smith Center, Smith, Kansas, United States.
Scottish: habitational name from the province of Cunningham in Ayrshire, first recorded in 1153 in the form Cunegan, a Celtic name of uncertain origin. The spellings in -ham, first recorded in 1180, and in -ynghame, first recorded in 1227, represent a gradual assimilation to the English placename element -ingham.
Irish: surname adopted from Gaelic Ó Cuinneagáin ‘descendant of Cuinneagán’, a personal name from a double diminutive of the Old Irish personal name Conn meaning ‘leader, chief’. This name is also adopted for Ó Connacháin, a variant of Ó Connagáin ‘descendant of Connagán’, from a diminutive of the personal name Conn.
History: A family of this name (see 1 above) can be traced back to Wernebald de Cunynghame, who was granted the manor of Cunningham by Hugh de Morville in the early 12th century.